December 19th, 2011
04:48 AM ET

Up to 15 more people found after Russian oil rig sinks

Rescue workers have found a raft with up to 15 people aboard near an offshore Russian drilling rig that capsized in the Sea of Okhotsk - but it was unclear if they were alive, officials said Monday.

"Aircraft have found a rescue raft. Up to 15 people may be aboard; it is unknown whether they are alive or not," Yuri Melikhov, general director of rig owner JSC AMNGR, told reporters.

The rig capsized during a storm Sunday as it was being towed from Kamchatka. There were 67 people aboard the Kolskaya platform, which was subcontracted to a company working for the Russian energy giant Gazprom, state news agency RIA-Novosti reported.

By Monday, the death toll had reached 16 after authorities found more bodies in the freezing water. Fourteen others were rescued.

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  1. banasy©

    My condolences to the families of those involed.

    December 19, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    update i hope they r still alive.

    December 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Vlad

    Disaster... I was working with guys together for years. Real people. Be in peace, friends

    December 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |