Seven of the ten oil rig workers adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for three days have been rescued according to Mexican state oil company Pemex. Unfortunately, two individuals were killed while another remains missing. The men, all employed by Houston-based Geokinetics, Inc., were discovered floating in a closed-top life raft on Sunday September 11, 2011 following an emergency evacuation from their liftboat, the Trinity II, after it was disabled during Tropical Storm Nate.
The raft was found drifting approximately 51 miles off the coast of Campeche. The survivors were picked up and then flown by helicopter to the city of Ciudad del Carmen for treatment at theregional hospital. Pemex identified the group as consisting of two American citizens, Jeremy Parfait and Ted Derise, Jr., both from Louisiana, Kham Nadimuzzaman from Bangladesh and Mexican nationals Ruben Velasquez, Luis Escobar, Eleaquin Lopez and Ruben Lopez Villalobos.
By Sunday night, one of the 7 survivors, Kham Nadimuzzaman of Bangladesh, had reportedly passed away after arriving to the hospital in critical condition. The whereabouts of the other two Americans who were onboard the ship, previously identified as Nick Reed and Craig Myers, both also from Louisiana, are still unknown.
Offshore work is difficult and dangerous. That’s why maritime employers are responsible for safeguarding the lives of each and every one of their workers while on the water. If you or someone you know has been injured due to company negligence while working offshore, contact the experienced Jones Act lawyers at Zehl & Associates today for a free, confidential consultation: 1 1-888-302-3838. We will devote whatever time, energy and resources are necessary to hold those responsible for the injury accountable.