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.

In what turned out to be a close two-horse race, readers narrowly chose Moby Dig over Digger McDigface.

9. Here is the breakdown

In what turned out to be a close two-horse race, readers narrowly chose Moby Dig over Digger McDigface.
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It appeared for a while that the naming of the digger might be short lived, with a large offshore construction vessel spotted off the coast of Worthing the same day. Rumour was that this huge ship - the 127ft specialist vessel complete with crane  might have arrived to lift Moby out of its watery predicament. But it was not to be.

10. False hope of a saviour for Moby Dig

It appeared for a while that the naming of the digger might be short lived, with a large offshore construction vessel spotted off the coast of Worthing the same day. Rumour was that this huge ship - the 127ft specialist vessel complete with crane might have arrived to lift Moby out of its watery predicament. But it was not to be.
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A few days after readers made their will known, Moby Digs owners Rampion responded to the charming nickname. A Rampion spokesman said: We very much welcome the interest the local community has continued to show in the Rampion development. While were obviously treating this as a serious incident, its heartening to see the digger has brought out the creative side of peoples imaginations. However the spokesman stopped short of promising to rename the stricken digger.

11. April 12 Rampion responds to your name

A few days after readers made their will known, Moby Digs owners Rampion responded to the charming nickname. A Rampion spokesman said: We very much welcome the interest the local community has continued to show in the Rampion development. While were obviously treating this as a serious incident, its heartening to see the digger has brought out the creative side of peoples imaginations. However the spokesman stopped short of promising to rename the stricken digger.
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Speaking on Tuesday, April 18, a Rampion spokesperson said: Were continuing to work on a plan to retrieve the vehicle over the coming weeks. Were investigating options to retrieve the vehicle by both land or sea and thank local people for bearing with us over this period. At this stage the rescue was being hampered by the fact that the digger is stranded in relatively shallow waters, which prevented many larger rescue craft from getting close enough.

12. April 18 Rampion still "investigating options" on how to get the digger out

Speaking on Tuesday, April 18, a Rampion spokesperson said: Were continuing to work on a plan to retrieve the vehicle over the coming weeks. Were investigating options to retrieve the vehicle by both land or sea and thank local people for bearing with us over this period. At this stage the rescue was being hampered by the fact that the digger is stranded in relatively shallow waters, which prevented many larger rescue craft from getting close enough.
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