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10 Dead In Indian Oil Platform Fire


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Sep 10, 2004
The death toll from a massive fire on an oil platform in India's biggest oil field rose to 10 Thursday, with several people still missing, navy officials said. Ships and helicopters rescued more than 350 survivors.

"We have managed to rescue 352 people," said senior navy officer Vice-Admiral Madanjeet Singh.

There are "10 dead and several missing," Admiral Singh said. "Six people are trapped in a support vessel and efforts continue to rescue them."

Navy ships and helicopters carried the survivors and bodies of the dead oil workers to Mumbai on Thursday. Some survivors were being treated for burn injuries.

The fire on the platform, 160 kilometres off Bombay, was brought under control late Wednesday, officials said.

A supply vessel and an oil rig in the region also were destroyed, Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar told reporters.

Reports indicated some people left the platform on lifeboats and others were able to cross a bridge connected to another rig, Mr. Aiyar said.

He said the cause of the fire had not been determined. Unconfirmed media reports said it started after a rig collided with the oil platform.