Lawsuits filed by workers who floated days in Gulf
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.