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Search underway for 29 missing workers after fire sweeps through offshore oilrig

Published 06/12/2015 | 11:41

A still image from a video footage shows an oil platform on fire in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, December 5, 2015
A still image from a video footage shows an oil platform on fire in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, December 5, 2015
A still image from a video footage shows an oil platform on fire in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, December 5, 2015
Still image from a video footage shows an oil platform on fire in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, December 5, 2015
A still image from a video footage shows an oil platform on fire in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, December 5, 2015
A still image from a video footage shows an oil platform on fire in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, December 5, 2015
A still image from a video footage shows an oil platform on fire in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, December 5, 2015
A still image from a video footage shows an oil platform on fire in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, December 5, 2015

A search is still under way for 29 workers missing after a fire swept through an offshore oil platform in Azerbaijan.

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The workers were on a lifeboat that fell into stormy seas late on Friday, and it was unclear if any would be found alive.

A still image from a video footage shows an oil platform on fire in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, December 5, 2015
A still image from a video footage shows an oil platform on fire in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, December 5, 2015

One worker has been confirmed dead and 33 were rescued.

State oil company SOCAR's first vice president, Khoshbakht Yusifzadem, said the fire on the Caspian Sea platform was still burning because it had reached one of the oil wells, but should be extinguished by the end of the day.

Still image from a video footage shows an oil platform on fire in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, December 5, 2015
Still image from a video footage shows an oil platform on fire in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, December 5, 2015

He said the company was working with Azerbaijan's emergency services to search for the 29 missing workers by helicopter and ship.

The fire broke out when an underwater gas pipeline was damaged in heavy seas.

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