Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 12
The extinguishing of the fire, which took place December 4 at the 10th platform of the Azerbaijan's Guneshli oil field, continues, the deputy head of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations Etibar Mirzoyev told reporters Dec.12.
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.
Search for the missing oil workers also continues, said Mirzoyev.
"Helicopters and airplanes have been involved in search for the missing oil workers," said the deputy minister. "Search operation continues."