Azerbaijan still searching for missing oilmen; aircraft, ships engaged
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 10
The Emergency Situations Ministry of Azerbaijan held a meeting Dec. 10 in connection with the accident on the platform #10 of the Gunashli offshore field.
During the meeting it was decided to involve one plane and four helicopters of the Emergencies Ministry in the search.
It was also decided to involve six helicopters and seven ships of the State Border Service, additional rescue forces from the State Water Rescue Service of the Emergencies Ministry and the Special Risk Rescue Service.
A fire broke out on an offshore platform of SOCAR's Gunashli field on Dec. 4, as a strong storm damaged an underwater high-pressure gas pipeline. As many as 33 people were rescued in an ensuing large-scale operation.
The bodies of seven killed were retrieved, while 23 oil workers are still listed as missing.
The fire is currently continuing on the platform.