29 Missing Azeri Oil Workers Feared Dead, SOCAR Says
Azeri state energy company SOCAR said that 29 workers missing after its oil platform in the Caspian Sea caught fire on Friday, December 4, were feared dead, and President Ilham Aliyev declared a day of national mourning, Reuters reports.
SOCAR said on Sunday that one worker had been killed and 33 rescued, out of the 62 who were on the oil rig when the fire started.
“We continue the search-and-rescue operation … We regard those whom we have not found so far as missing,” Khoshbakht Usifzade, SOCAR first vice-president, told a news conference.
Usifzade added that rescuers were also searching for three more workers who had been swept into the sea in an accident on another oil platform on Friday.
SOCAR’s other vice-president said that the search operation would be continue through the night.