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Old 09-11-2011, 05:39 PM   #1
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Anybody heard any news on this?

Four Louisiana men, three of them from New Iberia, are among 10 missing in the Gulf of Mexico after they abandoned a liftboat Thursday that was battered by Tropical Storm Nate.

Randy Reed, president of Trinity Liftboat Services in New Iberia, said the 10 were on one of his liftboats, Trinity II, Thursday when the captain advised they were abandoning ship around 12:25 p.m.

Seas were running 20 to 25 feet high and winds were whipping the gulf at speeds of 70 to 80 mph.

"As far as we know, everyone got on the life raft," Reed said. "My son's one of them."

The crew of a tug boat in the vicinity observed the men boarding the life boat but could not reach them, Reed said. The life boat is made to hold 25 people and contains survival supplies.

"I can assure you, we're looking for them," Reed said.

The four Trinity Liftboat workers are 31-year-old Nicholas Reed, Craig Myers and Ted Derise Jr., all of New Iberia, and Jeremy Parfait of Houma, according to KATC TV 3.

Three others are employees of Geokinetics, a Houston-based company that conducts seismic work for the oil and gas industry, according to a news release posted on the company's web site Friday. The remainder are reported to be contract workers.

Geokinetics has boats searching and the Mexican government has boats, five helicopters and an airplane, Reed said. But strong winds and high seas associated with Nate are hampering search efforts.

Trinity Liftboats, which owns the Trinity II, is working in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico in the Bay of Campeche under a contract with Geokinetics. The company said it is working on an ocean-bottom cable project.

A liftboat provides a working deck in the ocean by extending its legs to the sea bottom and lifting itself out of the water.
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Old 09-11-2011, 05:45 PM   #2
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Wow, 20-25 ft seas in a life raft
Sad story.
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I got it in an email from g-capt.
Didn't make much to the lame-stream media though, did it?

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Saw this update today.
7 oil workers found alive in Gulf of Mexico

By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO - Associated Press | AP – 43 mins ago

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VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — Seven of 10 oil workers missing in the Gulf of Mexico were found alive Sunday after three days at sea, according to Mexico's state oil company.
Petroleos Mexicanos said in the statement that two bodies also were found but have yet to be identified and one worker remains missing.
The survivors were four Mexicans, two Americans and a worker from Bangladesh, the statement said. They were found 51 miles (82 kilometers) off the coast of the gulf state of Campeche.
The employees of Houston-based Geokinetics Inc. called for help Thursday afternoon after evacuating to an enclosed life raft in the middle of Tropical Storm Nate, which disabled their vessel, a liftboat called the Trinity II.
Nate weakened to a tropical depression Sunday over Mexico's Gulf coast, where officials opened shelters as a precaution but said the storm was having little impact.
Nate made landfall as a tropical storm on Sunday north of Barra de Nautla in the state of Veracruz, where Gov. Javier Duarte said there were no reports of damage or injuries and rivers remained below risk level.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that by Sunday evening Nate had weakened to a depression with 35 mph (55 kph) winds and was expected to dissipate by Monday.
Pemex and the Mexican navy led the search by air and sea, which intensified Saturday as the storm moved west toward the coast of Veracruz. A dozen fishermen who disappeared aboard two shrimp boats on Friday in the gulf during the storm.
The Trinity II, a 94-foot (29-meter), 185-ton liftboat, can lower legs to the sea floor and then elevate itself above the water level. This one was being used as a recording vessel and housing for the crew, and it was in waters about 25 feet (8 meters) deep.
Geokinetics spokeswoman Brenda Taquino said the life raft was a sealed capsule containing enough food and water to last several days.
On Sunday evening, Nate's center was located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south-southwest of Tuxpan, Mexico and was moving west-northwest at 8 mph (13 kph).
Of more than 2,200 shelters set up in Veracruz state, only two were in use, housing little more than 50 people, civil protection authorities said. In the city of Antigua, Mayor Arturo Navarrete told radio station XEU that there was light rain and very little wind.
In the Caribbean on Sunday, Tropical Storm Maria was centered about 105 miles (170 kilometers) northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with winds that had strengthened to 60 mph (95 kph). The hurricane center said it was moving northwest at about 10 mph (17 kph), toward the open Atlantic.
Residents in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico said they were relieved that Maria was not stronger and its heavy winds were well north of the islands.
"What storm? It didn't hit us," said Karen Freeman, a resident of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. She had bought a $250 generator in advance of the storm, but now was hoping to get a refund.
In Puerto Rico, where there were no reports of any damage or flooding from Maria, 43-year-old Laura Melendez said she had been worried about the storm's potential impact on the U.S. territory, which is still trying to recover from Hurricane Irene, which barreled through the region in late August, killing at least eight people.
"Irene was a bad one. My family lost electricity at home for five days. We had no running water," she said during a Sunday afternoon phone interview from the capital of San Juan.
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