(AFP) – US oil giant Chevron has called off rescue efforts for two contractors that went missing this week after fire broke out on an oil rig off the Nigerian coast, saying they believe they are dead.
“After three days of intensive search and rescue activities for our missing colleagues, I am saddened to report that our efforts have proven unsuccessful,” said Andrew Fawthrop, managing director of Chevron Nigeria.
They had changed the operation to one of recovery, he added, offering his condolences to the families of the missing workers.
The fire broke out Monday on the KS Endeavor oil rig 10 kilometers (six miles) off the southern coast of Nigeria forcing the evacuation of 152 workers.
Chevron said two of the workers had left the hospital after being treated for burns.
It planned to drill a relief well and was investigating the cause of the incident, it added