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One dead, 29 still missing in Caspian Sea platform fire

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -

Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR says the search is still on for 29 workers missing after a fire swept through an offshore oil platform.

The workers were on a lifeboat that fell into stormy seas late Friday, and it was unclear if any would be found alive.

One worker has been confirmed dead and 33 were rescued.

SOCAR's first vice president, Khoshbakht Yusifzadem, said the fire on the Caspian Sea platform was still burning Sunday because it had reached one of the oil wells, but should be extinguished by the end of the day.

He said the company was working with Azerbaijan's emergency services to search for the 29 missing workers by helicopter and ship.

The fire broke out Friday when an underwater gas pipeline was damaged in heavy seas.

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