Rig workers found alive - two survivors are from Louisiana

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 6:42am

After three days at sea, seven of the 10 missing oil rig workers who abandoned their liftboat during tropical storm Nate have been found alive. Survivors include two men from Louisiana; Jeremy Parfait, from Houma and Ted Derise of New Iberia. The other survivors found Sunday are from Mexico and Bangladesh.

The workers were found Sunday, about 51 miles off the coast of Campeche.

The crew, out of Houston, called for help during the storm and set off in a life raft. But a search for the men was delayed because of the weather. Rescue boats were called in Saturday and the Ciudad Del Carmen’s main port closed because of rough seas. A helicopter rescued the survivors Sunday and flew them to a hospital near that port.

According to our affiliate in New Orleans, WDSU, nine of the 10 are accounted for. Sadly, two were not alive and one worker is still missing – those names have not been released.

We have not been told if Craig Myers or Nick Reed, also from Louisiana, have been found.

This information was released by Mexico's state oil company, Petroleos Pexicanos.

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