Azerbaijani firefighters land on burning offshore rig (UDPATE)
Details added (first version posted on 13:11)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 11
Fire brigades of the Azerbaijani ministry of emergency situations have landed on the burning oil platform of the Gunashli field in the Caspian Sea.
A fire broke out on the offshore platform 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 ministry of emergency situations said Dec. 11 that four firefighters landed on the platform from the "Vortex 8" ship.
Five firefighters of the ministry have been already working on the faulty platform.
Earlier, the emergency situations ministry involved a plane to the search for the oilmen missing in the Caspian after the platform accident, thus expanding the area of searches.