ONGC platform fire toll reaches 12

By agencies   |   Thursday, 28 July 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: The death toll in the devastating fire at Oil and Natural Gas Corporation's oil platform off the Mumbai coast has risen to 12 with 15 people still reported missing.

"The death toll is now 12. Six divers are still trapped in the debris of the destroyed platform and Naval and Coast Guard teams are making all efforts to rescue them," said a top ONGC official.

The official said 351 people have been rescued, some with minor injuries.

"There were 384 people on the platform, the offshore supply vessel and a neighboring rig when the fire broke out the Mumbai High North platform at 4.30 pm yesterday," the official said.

Unconfirmed reports said in all 367 people have been rescued and the death toll was limited to 10. "These are Navy figures. We cannot confirm them," the ONGC official said.


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