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One Kazakh is among oil workers missing in Mexican Gulf

12 september 2011, 15:08
The Mexican navy found two corpses and seven missing oil workers from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico that was evacuated due to Tropical Storm Nate, AFP reports citing the state oil company.

Search efforts continued for one more missing worker, Pemex said in a statement, while the US-based National Hurricane Center downgraded Nate to a tropical depression as it moved inland over Mexico.

The seven rescued workers, who were evacuated from the Trinity II platform last Thursday, included a Bangladeshi, four Mexicans and two Americans. The platform’s captain informed that the oil workers were planning to reach the shore on a liferaft.

The two bodies had not been identified yet, the statement said.

September 8 CNN reported that ten oil workers included a Kazakh, four Americans and four Mexicans.
Pemex on Sunday evacuated another 473 workers from six platforms in the Gulf of Mexico due to bad weather.

Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry gave an oral instruction to Kazakhstan Embassy in the U.S. to find out about Kazakh oil worker missing in Mexican Gulf, the Ministry’s official representative Askar Abdrakhmanov told Tengrinews.kz.

According to him, time difference is preventing them from receiving updated information. Besides, Kazakhstan does not have official diplomatic representation in Mexico. This also complicates the situation.

"In this relation Kazakhstan Embassy in Washington will have to request information about Kazakhstan citizen from the Mexican party via diplomatic channels. Currently we have no updated information,” he explained.

Abdrakhmanov said that anyway Mexican authorities are doing everything possible on saving workers missing. He expressed the hope that the missing Kazakh will be found.

Nate made landfall on Mexico's gulf coast as a tropical storm early Sunday, bringing torrential rain and high winds.
Authorities in the eastern state of Veracruz maintained a storm alert and warned of the threat of flooding and landslides in mountainous regions from the heavy rain.

The cyclone was expected to dissipate Monday, forecasters said.

Accociated Press reports that Mexican fishermen announced ten of their colleagues from small shrimp-fishing boats were missing. The agency does not say anything about truthfulness of this information, or if a rescue operation is underway.

Fast-moving Tropical Storm Maria ravaged further to the east. It was packing winds of up to 60 miles per hour (95 kph) and was expected to pass well east of the Bahamas Monday night and Tuesday.

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