Azerbaijan: Helicopter searches missing oilmen in Caspian Sea

Azerbaijan: Helicopter searches missing oilmen in Caspian Sea
# 15 December 2016 10:02 (UTC +04:00)

Three vessels (Vikhr-5, Vikhr-8 and Svetlomor-2) and a helicopter of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations, despite the adverse weather conditions, were involved in the search for the oil workers, who went missing as a result of an accident at the oil-gathering station #3 of the department on oil and gas output of Azneft Production Union, the ministry’s press service told APA.


Earlier, Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR said in a statement that an accident took place at about 05:00 a.m., 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.


The list of missing people:


1. Guloglan Zulfugarov – engineer


2. Azay Zulfugarov – operator


3. Vidadi Gurbanov – operator


4. Elchin Hasanov - mechanical engineer


5. Hasanagha Hajialiyev – operator


6. Ilham Gafarov – operator


7. Samir Asadov – operator


8. Javid Bahramov – operator


9. Ramiz Abbasov – engineer


10. Gorkhmaz Rustamov – operator


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.