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23 April 2010 :: 16:04:41 pm 18808

Oil Rig Sinks After Unknown Explosion: 11 Feared Dead

An oil rig off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico has sunk following an internal explosion. At present 11 of the rigs crew are missing, feared dead, whilst a 5 mile long oil slick is hurriedly being contained in the surrounding waters.
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US, the 22nd of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: BP has sent a flotilla of 32 ships out to the site of the accident in order to contain the oil spill, with 4 aircraft at the ready to spray over 100,000 gallons of dispersant on the slick. The US coast guard, yesterday afternoon announced that the situation had the potential to become a major spill if not contained. It is unknown at present whether the oil is still leaking from the sunken rig or oil well underneath the seabed.

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig, operated by Transocean, was set ablaze and burnt for over 36 hours before sinking, 130 miles off the coast of South-East New Orleans on Wednesday. The rig, drilling BP’s Macondo project, with 126 Transocean workers aboard, reported an explosion followed by a raging fire at approximately 10:00pm on Tuesday. All bar 11 workers managed to escape the sinking rig whilst 17 were injured and helicoptered to hospitals around New Orleans.

At present search and rescue operations are ongoing in an attempt locate the 11 missing workers, however; some survivors believe that they may have been working in close proximity to the initial explosion. Tony Hayward, the BP chief executive, said: “We are determined to do everything in our power to contain this oil spill and resolve the situation as rapidly, safely and effectively as possible. “We have assembled and are now deploying world-class facilities, resources and expertise, and can call on more if needed. There should be no doubt of our resolve to limit the escape of oil and protect the marine and coastal environments from its effects.”

A remotely operated unmanned submarine is currently surveying the damage to the rig and the well beneath, which extends through over 5,000 feet of water and 13,000 feet beneath the seabed.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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