RIO DE JANEIRO — Navy divers, engineers and U.S. consultants raced to salvage a crippled offshore oil rig Saturday despite a warning that the huge platform could sink in less than two days.
The 30 specialists entered the partly submerged Brazilian rig, one of the world's largest, for the first time since explosions and fire Thursday forced its evacuation, state oil giant Petrobras said.
Environmentalists are concerned that the approximately 400,000 gallons of crude oil and diesel fuel aboard the rig could spill into the sea if it sinks. Petrobras has said that no oil has spilled yet.
At least two workers were killed in the disaster, and eight others were missing and presumed dead. One body was recovered from the rig Saturday and flown by helicopter to a morgue in Rio de Janeiro for identification, Petrobras said.