Bulgarian's Name Makes Sunken Platform Missing Persons List

Society | December 21, 2011, Wednesday // 13:16|  views

A picture released by the Russian Emergency Ministry on December 20 shows an unidentified survivor of the Kolskaya oil platform evacuated from the Magadan icebreaker to a helicopter in the Okhotsk Sea, Russia. EPA/BGNES

The name of Bulgarian, Zhivko Zhekov, has been included in the list of people still missing, published by the company owner of the oil platform "Kolskaya," which capsized Sunday in the sea of Okhotsk.

The official site of the company has three lists – of those rescued (14), of the identified casualties (9) and of those still missing – Zhekov was added to the latter one.

It was reported earlier Wednesday that the Bulgarian did not appear on any of the three. He had been onboard of the platform in his capacity of representative of the British insurance company "Noble Denton."

The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Zhelev was on the platform when it sunk.

His wife says she last received a text message from him that he had arrived at the platform on December 11. She later learned from the internet that "Noble Denton" have confirmed her husband was indeed there.

Zhekov left Bulgaria on November 30. He had been part of the project since the very beginning – the purchase and the transport of the platform.

The official identification of the 11 bodies pulled from the waters by the rescue team will take place Thursday, according to Russia's Far East Transport Investigation Directorate. The bodies will be transported to Sakhalin where the identification will be held. 9 of the 11 had passports on them.

Investigators continue to question the survivors. A military Il-38 craft and a rescue ship are joining the rescue effort Wednesday even though chances to find other survivors are dimming.

The investigation is working on three leads in the cause of accident – violating the safety norms for navigation, technical failure and noncompliance with weather conditions.

According to official data, 67 people were on the platform when it sunk, but from the published lists it becomes clear they were over 70.

A day of mourning was declared in the Russian region of Murmansk Tuesday for the victims of the tragic incident.

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