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Fuel tanks breached on oil rig swept onto Scottish beach

  • A coastguard official monitors the shoreline with Transocean Winner drilling rig off the coast of the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, after it ran aground in severe weather conditions, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2016.  The oil rig, carrying 280 tonnes of diesel, broke free of its tug and ran aground on the remote Scottish island where it is being monitored by a counter-pollution team.  (Andrew Milligan / PA via AP)

    A coastguard official monitors the shoreline with Transocean Winner drilling rig off the coast of the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, after it ran aground in severe weather conditions, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2016. The oil rig, carrying 280 tonnes of diesel, broke free of its tug and ran aground on the remote Scottish island where it is being monitored by a counter-pollution team. (Andrew Milligan / PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • The Transocean Winner drilling rig stands proud from a spit of land off the coast of the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, after it ran aground in severe weather conditions, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2016.  The oil rig, carrying 280 tonnes of diesel, broke free of its tug and ran aground on the remote Scottish island where it is being monitored by a counter-pollution team.  (Andrew Milligan / PA via AP)

    The Transocean Winner drilling rig stands proud from a spit of land off the coast of the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, after it ran aground in severe weather conditions, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2016. The oil rig, carrying 280 tonnes of diesel, broke free of its tug and ran aground on the remote Scottish island where it is being monitored by a counter-pollution team. (Andrew Milligan / PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Coast guards say two fuel tanks have been breached on an oil rig that was blown onto a remote Scottish beach, though it's not clear how much diesel has escaped.

The Transocean Winner was being towed when it broke free of its tug and ran aground on the Isle of Lewis off Scotland's west coast on Monday.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says the rig is carrying 280 tons of diesel in several tanks.

The agency says salvage workers boarded the rig Tuesday and "discovered that two of the fuel tanks appear to have been breached." Poor weather prevented the workers returning to the rig Wednesday.

Environmental groups have expressed concerns about the accident, and local politicians have called for an emergency towing vessel to be based in the area.