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Rescued oil workers file lawsuits
AP via Fuel Fix ^ | on September 23, 2011 | JUAN A. LOZANO

Posted on 09/26/2011 6:53:06 AM PDT by thackney

Spagnoletti alleges that a standby ship that was in place to take the workers away in case of trouble left without them, knowing the liftboat had been crippled by the storm and the workers had already called for help. He said the standby ship was still in the area when the workers went into the water.

“The vessel didn’t stand by. It just took off,” he said, adding the workers should have been evacuated ahead of the storm.

Spagnoletti said the standby vessel left because its crew was getting seasick and wanted to go back to shore.

The men tried to open several inflatable rafts, he said, but high winds blew them away. The workers ended up with only one raft, which the attorney described as a “big life preserver” because it had an opening in the middle covered by netting.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: energy; offshore; oil; pemex
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1 posted on 09/26/2011 6:53:15 AM PDT by thackney
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To: thackney

I bet these poor guys had not even dried off before Spagnoletti is signing them up.

2 posted on 09/26/2011 7:11:16 AM PDT by ThirdMate
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