Ilham Aliyev gives instructions on urgent search for missing oilmen (UPDATE)
Details added (first version posted on 15:26)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 15
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has given instructions to the heads of relevant structures on urgent search for oilmen who went missing as a result of an accident in the Caspian Sea, the president’s press service said Dec. 15.
The press service said that as of now the body of one oilman has been retrieved.
Search is underway and the head of state is being constantly informed about the situation.
Earlier, Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR said in a message that an accident took place at about 05:00 (UTC/GMT+4), on Dec. 15, due to strong wind, which blew away a part of a flyover of a 150-meter long oil-gathering station. A board attached to the flyover and a booth on it were also blown away.
According to preliminary reports, five people, who were on duty at the gathering station, and five people, who were in the booth, are missing.
Vessels of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping CJSC are at the site.
The message also said that leadership of SOCAR, Ministry of Emergency Situations and Azneft are at the site. A special group has been created to investigate the accident.