Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 11
By Huseyn Valiyev - Trend:
Azerbaijan continues the search for the oilmen missing in the Caspian Sea after an accident on an offshore platform there.
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.
Today, two helicopters of the Emergency Situations Ministry have joined the search, and two more will join later, Trend has learnt from the operational headquarters created in connection with the disaster.
Some 11 vessels from Azerbaijan's State Border Service and the Caspian Shipping Company are also engaged in the searches.
A plane of the Emergency Situations Ministry is also seeking those missing, for the first time since the searches started.
Aside from that, the Emergency Situations Ministry's Water Rescue Service is still looking for those missing along Azerbaijan's coasts.
Trend has also learnt that firefighting is underway on the Gunashli field's faulty offshore platform.
Edited by SI