Three oil workers are reportedly missing following an incident at an offshore oil platform in the Azeri Caspian Sea.
Azerbaijan’s state-run Socar was quoted as saying Friday that part of the platform’s living quarters dropped into the sea after being hit by waves during a turbulent storm.
Local reports said the incident happened at a platform in the Oil Rocks field.
A helicopter and three vessels have reportedly been deployed to the area as a search and rescue operation gets underway.
The ‘Oil Rocks’ field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea
In a separate incident Friday, Azeri independent TV ANS said 42 workers were rescued from another offshore oil platform in Azerbaijan’s sector of the Caspian Sea.
Earlier Friday, Socar said that the blaze began after a pipeline on the offshore platform was damaged by heavy wind. The company said the rescue efforts were being impeded by a heavy storm.
Last year, an oil worker conducting maintenance for Socar at the Oil Rocks field died after falling into the sea. In October 2014, at another Socar platform, four workers died after the platform collapsed during repair operations that resulted in a fire.
The following month, two workers were killed while conducting maintenance at a pipeline facility.