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Sep 27, 2011 7:06 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Attorney Tells Details of Louisiana Offshore Workers Missing Days at Sea

The two Louisiana offshore workers who spent days missing in the Gulf of Mexico, struggling to stay alive, are slowly recovering. The ten men who abandoned their lift-boat were stranded at sea after Tropical Storm Nate tore through the Gulf.

It's been almost three weeks since the offshore workers got caught up in Nate's winds and waves off the coast of Mexico, but those horrific days will likely never leave the survivor's minds.

Attorney Francis Spagnoletti said, the ten men were a speck in the ocean without anyone having any clue about their location. Spagnoletti is representing three of the Louisiana workers.

He said the men faced 25 foot seas and had no food or water. After two days had passed, hypothermia set in for some of the men like 32 year old, Craig Myers, of New Iberia.

"They knew they were going into the water, so he put on extra clothes before they evacuated because they knew they were going to be in the water," Spagnoletti said.

By the end of the third day, Spagnoletti said Myers was clinging onto life.

"He started to become severely debilitated from the hypothermia, so they took him and put him in the raft," he said. "At the end of the third day, as I understand, he turned over and his face went into the water and he died."

The survivors' carried Myers body with them in the raft until they were rescued on day four. By the time they were found Nick Reed of New Iberia had drowned.

Spagnoletti said the survivors Ted Derise Jr. of New Iberia and Jeremy Parfait of Houma are recovering at home under doctor's care.

"It was pure will to live," he explained. "They kept reflecting and hallucinating back on their wives and their families."


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