Oil workers killed in Mexico storm

Search continues for seven missing oil workers lost in strong seas off gulf of Mexico.

    It would take up to five days to seal the leaking gas and oil in the Kab oil field [File: GALLO/GETTY]

    Workers on the rig, in the Kab oil field in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, jumped onto emergency rafts after the collision caused leaks in crude oil and natural gas pipes.

       

    Carlos Morales, Pemex exploration and production chief, called the accident one of the worst in the company's history.

     

    The death toll could rise as bad weather continues to hamper efforts by navy rescue teams to locate other workers.

            

    Mexico's three main oil exporting ports in the crude-rich Gulf of Mexico were shut for a second day due to weather conditions - suspending oil shipments to the United States.

     

    Port officials say it is unlikely ports will re-open before Thursday.

       

    Pemex said US consumers of its oil supplies should not suffer as it will reschedule the delayed shipments once the storm passes.

      

    It did not evacuate any other oil platforms or shut down production as the worst of the bad weather is seen to have passed.

       

    The company said it would take up to five days to seal the leaking natural gas and oil but that the extent of the crude spill was less than previously thought.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Musta'ribeen, Israel's agents who pose as Palestinians

    Who are the Israeli agents posing as Palestinians?

    Musta'ribeen are an elite Israeli undercover unit that disguises themselves as Arabs or Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

     How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    100 years since Balfour's "promise", Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed.