Oil-Rig Blast Near Louisiana Leaves 11 Workers Missing, 7 Injured
April 21, 2010
(ChattahBox)—An explosion on an oil-rig operating in the waters off of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, has injured at least seven workers, with 11 people unaccounted for. The blast on the rig Deepwater Horizon rocked the Gulf late Tuesday night. Coast Guard rescue ships and helicopters were mobilized to the scene of the explosion, finding the rig immersed in flames. At least two of the injured required treatment at a mobile trauma center, which has a burn unit.
The rig is owned by Transocean Ltd., and is leased by BP Exploration & Production Inc. The oil-rig had 126 workers on board at the time of the explosion. Transocean released a statement, saying most of the workers were safe. “A substantial majority of the 126-member crew is safe, but some crew members remain unaccounted for at this time,” the company said.
Transocean said its crisis teams are working with the Coast Guard and lease operator BP Exploration & Production Inc. to “care for all rig personnel and search for missing rig personnel.”
Coast guard spokesman Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike O’Berry said four helicopters, four coast guard boats and a plane were helping search for the missing workers. “We’re hoping everyone’s in a life raft,” he added.
The oil-rig was still burning on Wednesday, as Coast Guard cutters battled to extinguish the fire and continue their search for the missing workers.