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Mexican sailors find body of missing Australian

19 september 2011, 17:43
Navy sailors on September 15 found the body of an Australian oil worker who went missing a week ago when workers fled an oil rig ahead of a Caribbean tropical storm, AFP reports, citing the Mexican Navy.

His body was found in the ocean 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the port city of Campeche, the navy said.

It identified the body as that of the missing Australian, but did not release his name. Local media, however, named him as Aaron Wesley Howling.

The attorney general's office in eastern Campeche state opened a probe into what exactly happened at the Trinity II platform, owned by US firm Geokinetics, ahead of Tropical Storm Nate.

Geokinetics said on its website that the workers had fled the platform, then abandoned a liftboat and boarded a life raft.

On Sunday, Navy vessels rescued seven Trinity II workers -- four Mexicans, two Americans and a Bangladeshi -- and pulled out two bodies that they have not identified.

Nate made landfall on Mexico's coast as a tropical storm early Sunday, bringing torrential rain and high winds.

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