April 22nd, 2010
07:24 PM ET

Coast Guard: Oil rig that exploded has sunk

[Updated at 7:23 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated at 1:43 p.m.] An oil rig that has been burning in the Gulf of Mexico has sunk, said Lt. Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau of the U.S. Coast Guard.

[Posted at 10:50 a.m.] The U.S. Coast Guard resumed its aerial search Thursday morning for 11 people missing after a "catastrophic" explosion aboard an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, an agency spokeswoman said.

The rig was still ablaze Thursday morning as a plane and helicopter rejoined rescuers' search for survivors of Tuesday night's explosion, Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashley Butler said.

Butler said oil was leaking from the rig at the rate of about 8,000 barrels of crude per day. The Coast Guard is also preparing for possible leaks of up to 700,000 gallons of diesel fuel, she said, but can do little to protect the environment until the fire is out.

An investigation was underway to determine what caused the blast aboard the rig Deepwater Horizon, which occurred about 10 p.m. (11 p.m. ET) Tuesday.

The mobile rig was about 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana when the explosion occurred, said Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike O'Berry.

"It obviously was a catastrophic event," O'Berry said.

There were no indications it was a terrorist incident, the Coast Guard said.

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  1. alonzo

    hopefully they find them 11 workers and stop the leak to the ocean

    April 28, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nick in AZ

    Wow so sad I cant bilieve this has happened... my <3 and sole goes out to the famlies of those that perished :( This really is a tragic incident that will change TONS of lives FOREVER... i mean 11 people whole persons... everyone please pray for there soles... I pray that God wil give them comfort and peace in His Infinite Wisdumb and that they join are 29 in Heaven in the loving arms of JESUS ARE LORD. God bless the men and women that have died in this accident and their families also...

    The loss of these 11 people will be felt around the world and is so much more important then whatever happins to a bunch of fish... Besides it happined in the Gulf of Mexico, all the Mexicans deserve this for coming over into our country ILLEGALLY which equals CRIMINALLY they and all the treehuggers should be rounded up and dumped rite back into there Gulf... We should drill off of California so next time theirs a spill all the liberals will have to deel with it. It's funny how a Californian can talk about helping the eviorment... Califorinia is the reason this country is so screwed up. I say, California should suceed and save us the from there greedy ways... Sarah Palin please deliver us from the sinners who have taken over and are runnig are country amuck...

    HAHAHAHAHAHA OH MY GOD YOU GUYS ARE A BUNCH OF LOSERS!! I can't believe the quality of the dialogue I see in this discussion. And to think this comes from the people who actually go online and read (or try to read) the articles – I can't even imagine what the discussion would look like for those who don't! Very, very scary. They are times like these I really wish we would invest in our education system just a teensy bit more :(

    April 28, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. moe barqawy

    its fuged up my friend .. america need to chill and calm down with everything

    June 11, 2010 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. moe barqawy

    btistahalo ya ikhwan al sharmoota .. bad newsss my people :p

    June 11, 2010 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
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