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Rescue Divers Find Empty Cabin; 9 Azerbaijani Oil Workers Still Missing

  • RFE/RL

Baku, Azerbaijan

Divers searching for nine Azerbaijani oil workers missing after the partial collapse of a Caspian Sea oil platform have found a cabin used by workers during resting shifts.

But the cabin found on the sea floor was empty, Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR said Friday.

SOCAR said the cabin was swept into the sea by heavy winds Thursday.

The body of one worker was found later that day, but nine men remain missing.

President Ilham Aliyev signed a resolution Friday ordering the Emergencies Ministry, SOCAR, and the Caspian Shipping Company to intensify the search.

SOCAR faced criticism over safety practices after more than 30 oil workers died in a fire on another Caspian Sea platform in December 2015.

Oil expert Ilham Saban told RFE/RL on Thursday that the platform affected by the accident has been used for 40 to 50 years and that its age could have been a contributing cause of the accident.

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