Lawsuits Filed by Workers Who Floated Days in Gulf

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two oil workers who survived days floating in a life raft in the Gulf of Mexico after they evacuated their disabled research vessel during a tropical storm have filed lawsuits in the incident.

The family of a third worker who died has also filed a lawsuit.

The workers claim they were abandoned by a ship that could have
taken them to safety.

The three men were among 10 oil workers on a liftboat in the Bay
of Campeche who had to abandon the vessel on Sept. 8 after it was
crippled by Tropical Storm Nate.

The workers' attorney, Francis Spagnoletti, said Friday the
workers suffered a harrowing ordeal that could have been prevented.

One of the companies being sued declined to comment. The other
two did not return calls.

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