Former Assam and OIL goalkeeper amongst two firefighters killed in Baghjan oil subject fireplace

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Durlov Gogoi, former goalkeeper of the Assam state soccer group and OIL FC – the soccer unit of Oil India Limited (OIL) based mostly in Duliajan, Assam – was amongst two firefighters killed throughout containment efforts after a fuel nicely blowout in Baghjan, Assam’s Tinsukia district.

The our bodies of Gogoi and fellow OIL firefighter Tikeshwar Gohain have been recovered on Wednesday, a day after the duo jumped right into a pond close to the nicely website to flee from engulfing fires and subsequently went lacking. Two different firefighters – one from OIL and one other from ONGC – had additionally plunged into the pool however managed to flee unscathed.

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The Baghjan fuel nicely blowout caught fireplace on Tuesday morning, 14 days after the leakage started. It had led to mass evacuation from close by areas. The nicely website is situated within the ecologically delicate Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.

Jitu Chetry, group supervisor of the OIL FC group, can also be a part of the firefighters’ group engaged close to the nicely website. “We are additionally a part of the voluntary group and have been alleged to be working there in the present day. When we have been receiving our primary coaching, each Durlov and Mr. Gohain have been helping us,” he stated.

Chetry, former goalkeeper with East Bengal and OIL, was a teammate of Gogoi when the Duliajan-based group competed within the I-League 2nd Division for a lot of seasons until 2010. They additionally performed within the state group collectively.

“One of the firefighters who escaped alive managed to keep away from the deeper elements of the pool, whereas the opposite clutched on to a pipe and managed to keep away from drowning,” Chetry defined.

“Durlov was an absolute gentleman. We had performed for a few years collectively, even obtained our jobs at nearly the identical time. It’s troublesome to elucidate how huge this loss is,” he added. “It was already a troublesome time for him. His mom had handed away just a few six months again.”

Durga Boro, who performed for Chruchill Brothers and Shillong Lajong within the I-League and NorthEast United within the Indian Super League (ISL), stated he’s devastated by the dying of his former OIL and Assam teammate. “We had recognized one another since we have been boys. I used to be with the Guwahati centre of Sports Authority of India (SAI) and he was within the Golaghat centre. So we performed and educated many occasions even earlier than we performed for OIL and Assam,” stated Boro, who’s now the secretary of the All Assam Football Players’ Association.

“I had come to know yesterday that he had gone lacking in a pond. I couldn’t sleep final evening as a result of I knew he that he couldn’t swim. It’s extraordinarily painful,” he added.

Gumpe Rime, probably the most outstanding goalkeepers from the northeastern area, additionally expressed his condolences. “He was a lot youthful than me and we by no means performed collectively. But I do know a lot of the OIL gamers throughout his time; I performed with a lot of them myself. I’m actually saddened by this tragic dying and the horrific incident. We have misplaced a goalkeeper good friend who had served his state in addition to his employers OIL Duliajan in quite a few glories,” Rime stated.

Gogoi is survived by his spouse and his nine-year-old son.

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