7 vessels search for missing oilmen in Caspian Sea
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 15
By Azad Hasanli – Trend:
Two vessels (VIXR-5 and VIXR-8) of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations and five vessels of the State Maritime Administration of Azerbaijan continue to search the oil workers, who went missing as a result of the accident at the oil-gathering station #3 of the department on oil and gas production of Azneft Production Union, press services of the Emergency Situations Ministry and State Maritime Administration told Trend Dec. 15.
Earlier, Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR said in a message that the 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 the 150-meter long oil-gathering station. Meanwhile, the board attached to the flyover and a booth on it were also blown away.
According to the preliminary data, 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; search and rescue work continues. The message also said that leadership of SOCAR, Ministry of Emergency Situations and Azneft are at the event site. A special group has been created to investigate the accident.