Search for oilmen missing in Caspian Sea continues

Search for oilmen missing in Caspian Sea continues

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 16

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The search continues for oilmen missing in the Caspian Sea as a result of an accident at the oil-gathering station #3 of the Oil and Gas Production Department of Azneft Production Union, said Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations Dec. 16.

Three helicopters of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, as well as VIXR-5, VIXR-8 and Svetlomor-2 vessels are involved in the search.

Moreover, personnel of the State Directorate for Small Capacity Vessels and Caspian Basin Accident-Rescue Service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations are involved in the search in coastal areas.

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 a 150-meter long oil-gathering station. A board attached to the flyover and a booth on it were also blown away.

According to preliminary reports, five people, who were on duty at the gathering station, and five people, who were in the booth, are missing.

The body of Ilham Gafarov, who is one of the missing oilmen, was found at about 14:00 (UTC/GMT+4) on Dec. 15.

A special group has been created to investigate the accident.

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