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Oct 7, 2011 6:26 PM by AP

Oil workers describe floating for days in Gulf

HOUSTON (AP) - Two U.S. oil workers who survived floating for nearly four days on a life raft in the Gulf of Mexico after a tropical storm disabled their research vessel say they experienced a nightmarish ordeal in which they saw friends and co-workers slowly die.

Ted Derise Jr. and Jeremy Parfait told The Associated Press on Friday they were pushed to the breaking point but never lost hope they would be rescued.

But the men say they still have nightmares about what happened to them.

The two were among 10 workers who had to abandon their boat in the Bay of Campeche after it was crippled on Sept. 8 by Tropical Storm Nate. Four other workers survived, but four died, including two other Americans.

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