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Fear for Workers Trapped in Lifeboat Under Burning Platform

Published in Oil Industry News on Saturday, 5 December 2015

Graphic for News Item: Fear for Workers Trapped in Lifeboat Under Burning Platform

UPDATE – Reports have confirmed the evacuation of Platform 10, in the Guneshli field offshore Azerbaijan in the Caspian Sea has left 26 crew trapped underneath the burning platform in a lifeboat.

The lifeboat which is believed to have 26 workers on board was blown under the platforms topside and became trapped amongst the steel jacket of the structure due to extremely treacherous weather during the evacuation.

The lifeboat has capacity for 42 workers, it is unclear at this time if the 26 on board the lifeboat have survived or are still in a perilous situation.

An orange lifeboat can be clearly seen underneath the burning platform in the video below

The fire is believed to have been caused by a main gas pipeline rupturing during a heavy storm in the area last night and engulfing the rig in flames, waves over 10 meters in height where reported which has hampered rescues attempt to the platform.

An official statement from Azerbaijan’s state run oil and gas company, Socar, stated that 32 workers have lost their lives so far in the incident, while 42 have been confirmed as rescued, the company has not yet issued any further statement on numbers.

Unconfirmed reports from an Azerbaijani news agency, claim that as many as 84 worker could still be onboard.

We reported yesterday that an accommodation module from a nearby platform had collapsed in to the sea due to the heavy storm in the area with 3 crew reported as missing, feared as dead, the names of the crew have been released as, Javad Khudaverdiyev, Bahman budkada Jafarov, Rovshan Mammadov

Offshore platform 10 is located approximately 75 miles (121km) offshore Baku, Azerbaijan, in the Caspian Sea.

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