A North Sea oil and gas platform has been down-manned after severe flooding ripped through workers’ accommodation block.
Operator Apache confirmed there was a “release of water” in the Beryl Alpha installation due to a faulty sprinkler system.
The incident took place at around 7.40am on Wednesday, resulting in the deluge through the accommodation section and stairwells.
Videos have emerged showing the torrent of water pouring through various sections of the installation.
Apache said all 168 crew on board are accounted for as safe and well.
A total of 47 non-essential crew members have been removed from the installation to allow maintenance and clean up to take place.
CHC Helicopters provided three flights off the platform on Wednesday afternoon.
Apache Corporation (Nasdaq: APA) said platform welfare facilities continue to operate for crew members who are remaining on board the platform.
The US-headquartered operator added that the faulty system has been isolated and the crew is working to return the area to normal status.
Energy Voice has contacted the Health and Safety Executive for comment.
The Beryl oil field lies around 180miles north-east of Aberdeen.
Apache Corporation acquired all the assets of Mobil North Sea, including the Beryl field, in 2012.
The Beryl Alpha was installed in the North Sea in 1975, with production starting the following year.