Lawsuits filed by workers who floated days in Gulf

By JUAN A. LOZANO | September 23, 2011 | 8:35 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — 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.