Oil Rig Explodes Off Louisiana Coast

The Coast Guard resumed its search this morning for 11 workers who are missing after a massive explosion aboard an oil platform off the Louisiana coast.

From the Associated Press:

About 100 workers had made it to a supply boat after the blast, then were plucked from the Gulf of Mexico by Coast Guard rescuers. After a slow-moving trek across the waters, the workers finally made it ashore at Port Fourchon earlier Thursday where they were checked by doctors and brought to a hotel in suburban New Orleans to awaiting relatives.

At the hotel, one worker said he was asleep on the rig when the explosion happened, was awakened by alarms and scrambled to get on a life boat.

“I’ve been working offshore 25 years and I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said the man, who like other workers at the hotel, declined to give his name.

The rig, where exploratory drilling was being done about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana, exploded late Tuesday, sending workers scurrying for safety. Seventeen people were injured in the blast and taken to hospitals, four critically, in what could be one of the nation’s deadliest offshore drilling accidents of the past half-century.

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2 Comments on “Oil Rig Explodes Off Louisiana Coast”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    This is awful. And now the Rig has sank, taking down with it a considerable amount of Barrels of Oil. They’ve sent down a Robot Vessel to assess the Spillage, and, I suppose, help to determine what, if anything, can be done. This is going to drastically affect the Waterways and Sea Life in its unending flow and time. An “Ecco” Disaster.

  2. Honeydog Says:

    Above comment is mine. Had a problem.


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