Four Tunisian workers lost their lives in an accident at the Bouri offshore field, about 120 kilometers north of the Libyan coast, the Tunisian consul general in Tripoli told TAP.

Taoufik Guesmi told the agency their bodies would be repatriated on Sunday or Monday today.

Men working for Tripoli-based Mellitah Oil & Gas died Friday after falling from a floating storage tank when cables holding the floating tank broke, plunging them into the sea. They were performing maintenance work on the tank. The reservoir.

Mellitah Oil & Gas said the tragic accident occurred during the dismantling and transportation of the Sloug oil tank, which has been out of service since 2017.

The ports and maritime transport department of the Libyan transport ministry said in a statement Friday that Tunisian nationals had died in a “painful accident” at the Bouri oil platform in Libya and that other people were missing as a result of this accident.

The Tunisian workers were recruited under an agreement between the consulate and the Tripoli-based company. Guesmi told the agency that Mellitah Oil & Gas had taken care of the repatriation of the bodies.

A fifth Tunisian was injured in the accident and his health is stable.

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