Wednesday, April 21

There were 11 Workers Are Missing From Oil-Rig Blow-Up At Louisiana Coast

According to the report, using helicopters, ships and an airplane searched waters off Louisiana's coast for at least 11 workers missing after an explosion and fire of Oil-Rig.

Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike O'Berry says most of the 126 people were believed to have escaped safely after the explosion on the rig Deepwater Horizon at about late 10 p.m. on Tuesday. The rig, about 52 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, was listing about 10 degrees and still burning Wednesday morning.

Mike O'Berry added "It's burning pretty good and there's no estimate on when the fire will be put out."

Coast Guard official Lt. Sue Kerver reported seven (7) workers were critically injured, and two (2) were carried to a trauma center in Mobile, Ala., where there is a burn unit, but the nature of their injuries was unclear. At least two were taken to a suburban New Orleans hospital.

There are many workers who escaped the rig explosion that were brought to land on a workboat while authorities searched the Gulf of Mexico for any signs of lifeboats, O'Berry added. He told "We're hoping everyone's in a life raft."

The Coast Guard and the Minerals Management Service will work together to investigate possible causes of the accident according to Lt. Kever.

The Deepwater Horizon is 396 feet long and 256 feet wide. The rig was built in 2001 by Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in South Korea. The site is known as the Macondo prospect, in 5,000 feet of water from Transocean's website.

Oil-Rig is designed to operate in water depths up to 8,000 feet and has a maximum drill depth of about 5.5 miles. It can accommodate a crew of up to 130.
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