Moby Dig

A story in pictures – 25 photos telling the tale of stranded Worthing digger ‘Moby Dig'

It is two years to the day since a giant digger got stuck in the sea off the coast of Worthing during work on the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.

We look back at the long and heart-warming tale of how the people of a seaside town found space in their hearts for 'Moby Dig', and how it was finally liberated.

A number of organisations, including HM Coastguard are spotted at the scene, monitoring the situation. A spokesman for the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) said: We are aware of the incident and are providing advice to the developers to help them deal with it as quickly as possible. We believe the diesel on board does not pose a significant risk to the marine environment.

5. HM Coastguard on the scene

A number of organisations, including HM Coastguard are spotted at the scene, monitoring the situation. A spokesman for the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) said: We are aware of the incident and are providing advice to the developers to help them deal with it as quickly as possible. We believe the diesel on board does not pose a significant risk to the marine environment.
Picture: Eddie Mitchell
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With no concrete date set for the 800-tonne digger to be rescued, our staff thought it needed a name. And who better to decide the name than our readers. We came up with five digger-themed options and let readers vote for their favourite in an online poll.

6. April 6 Readers go to the polls

With no concrete date set for the 800-tonne digger to be rescued, our staff thought it needed a name. And who better to decide the name than our readers. We came up with five digger-themed options and let readers vote for their favourite in an online poll.
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As the saga of the digger stuck in the sea off Worthing beach continued into a fourth day, one company came forward to say they could get the machine back to shore in less than four hours. Richard Tully, managing director of excavator repair specialist Atlas Technical Services, said: If they just left me to it I could have that out of the sea in under four hours.

7. April 7 "I could have that out in under four hours"

As the saga of the digger stuck in the sea off Worthing beach continued into a fourth day, one company came forward to say they could get the machine back to shore in less than four hours. Richard Tully, managing director of excavator repair specialist Atlas Technical Services, said: If they just left me to it I could have that out of the sea in under four hours.
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Nearly 3,000 readers cast their votes and finally the lonely digger stuck in the sea had a name. Meet Moby Dig, Worthings favourite sea-bound elevator excavator

8. April 10 We have a name! Meet Moby Dig

Nearly 3,000 readers cast their votes and finally the lonely digger stuck in the sea had a name. Meet Moby Dig, Worthings favourite sea-bound elevator excavator
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