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Three Asian workers dead as Saudi offshore platform sinks
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A gas flame is seen in the desert near the Khurais oilfield, about 160 km (99 miles) from Riyadh, in this June 23, 2008 file photo. (REUTERS/Ali Jarekji/Files)
A gas flame is seen in the desert near the Khurais oilfield, about 160 km (99 miles) from Riyadh, in this June 23, 2008 file photo. (REUTERS/Ali Jarekji/Files)
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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: Saudi coastguards have found the bodies of three Asian workers at sea after they went missing when an oil company's offshore platform sank, officials said Saturday.

"They were all found. We found two of them late yesterday and another one this morning," Eastern Province Coastguard spokesman Colonel Khaled al-Arqubi told AFP.

The platform belonging to Saudi oil giant Aramco was being used to carry out maintenance work at an oil well in Safaniya, the world's largest offshore oilfield about 265 kilometres (165 miles) north of Dhahran.

Dhahran is the headquarters for Aramco, the world's largest oil company in terms of production and reserves.

In a statement emailed to AFP on Friday, Aramco had said the remaining 24 crew were saved but that some had suffered "limited injuries".

Aramco said a search and rescue operation had been launched for three other workers who were missing, two Indians and a Bangladeshi.

A thorough investigation had been launched into the accident, the Saudi company said, adding its operations had not been affected.

Discovered in 1951, the Safaniya field is 50 kilometres by 15 kilometres and has a production capability of more than 1.2 million barrels per day.

 
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