Greenpeace activists board BP oil rig as it is towed out to sea

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Protesters scale 27,000-tonne rig as it leaves Cromarty Firth to demand end to drilling new wells

Environmental campaigners have boarded an oil rig in the north of Scotland as it was being towed out to sea and are staging a protest on board.

Greenpeace activists say they scaled the 27,000-tonne rig – thought to be operated by BP – as it attempted to leave Cromarty Firth. The protesters are calling for BP to end the drilling for new oil wells and say they are prepared to stay onboard the rig for days.

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