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Search for missing Azerbaijani oil workers continues

Search for missing Azerbaijani oil workers continues

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Date: 9 December 2015 16:27

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.9

Search for the oil workers missing as a result of the accident on the platform #10 of Azerbaijan’s Guneshli offshore field continues, the country’s Ministry of Emergency Situations told Trend Dec.9.

Despite the adverse weather conditions, the ministry hasn’t suspended the search for the missing oil workers.

Currently, one helicopter of the Ministry of Emergency Situations is conducting a search in north and north-east directions, while another helicopter continues the search in the south.
Moreover, the forces of the ministry’s State Water Rescue Service continue the search along the coast.

As a result of a strong storm on Dec.4 at 17:40 (UTC/GMT + 4 hours), a high-pressure underwater gas pipeline was damaged which caused a fire at Guneshli field of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan. Large-scale rescue operation resulted in 33 people being rescued. To date, bodies of seven oil workers have been recovered. Currently, 23 people are listed as missing.

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