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 SOCAR’s Azneft Production Union, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations said on Dec. 17.
Two helicopters of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, as well as VIKHR-5, VIKHR-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 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 #3 of the department on oil and gas output of Azneft Production Union. Meanwhile, the board attached to the flyover and a booth on it were also blown away.
One person died and nine people went missing.
A joint special commission has been created to investigate the accident.