Mexico City – Seven missing crewmen from an oil platform were found alive and two bodies were recovered in the Gulf of Mexico, but one person is still unaccounted for, Mexican state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said.
Jeremy Parfait and Ted Derise, of the United States, Kham Nadimuzzaman, of Bangladesh, and Mexicans Ruben Velasquez, Eleaquin Lopez, Luis Escobar and Ruben Lopez Villalobos were rescued with the assistance of the navy, Pemex said in a statement.
The two dead platform crewmen and the missing person have not been identified.
"As a result of the search operations, we managed to locate them (on Sunday morning) about 51 nautical miles east-northeast of the Cayo Arcas maritime terminal, off the coast of the state of Campeche, via the ship Bourbon Artavaze," Pemex said.
The 10 employees of Houston-based Geokenetics Inc., which provides services to Pemex, went missing last Thursday afternoon while being evacuated from the Gulf of Mexico platform ahead of Tropical Storm Nate.
Pemex and the navy launched a search for the crew of the Trinity II, a semisubmersible platform that sustained structural damage in the Sound of Campeche about 50 nautical miles off Ciudad del Carmen.
The air, land and sea search for the missing oil workers covered a wide area from Sabancuy to Champoton.
The workers will be evaluated by doctors at the Pemex Regional Hospital in Ciudad del Carmen, the state-owned oil company said.
The Bourbon Artabaze, Arbol Grande, Osa Goliath and Remforza will continue searching for the missing oil worker, Pemex said.
Four Pemex helicopters, three navy helicopters and several navy planes will provide aerial search assistance.
Pemex activated its Emergency Response Plan for Hurricanes on Friday, covering both its land facilities and drilling platforms off the coasts of Veracruz and Tamaulipas.
The oil company evacuated 473 workers from the Bicentenario, Centenario, Max Smith, Roy Butler and Super Sundowner platforms.
Tropical Storm Nate made landfall Sunday near Tecolutla, a town in the eastern state of Veracruz, and moved inland, weakening quickly, the weather service said.
Mexican forecasters expect the 2011 hurricane season to produce 17 tropical systems in both the Pacific and Atlantic, of which 14 could affect Mexico as tropical depressions, tropical storms or hurricanes.