April 21st, 2010
07:47 AM ET

Workers missing after oil rig explosion in Gulf of Mexico

[Updated at 7:47 a.m.] The company that owns the rig that exploded, Transocean Ltd., said most crew members are safe.

"A substantial majority of the 126 member crew is safe but some crew members remain unaccounted for at this time," the company said in a statement.

The company describes itself as the "world's largest offshore drilling contractor and the leading provider of drilling management services worldwide" and says it has 140 offshore drilling units.

[Posted at 7:04 a.m.] At least 11 people were missing and seven were critically injured after an explosion on an offshore oil rig 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.

At the time of the explosion Tuesday night, there were 126 people on board the rig, said Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike O'Berry.

Four helicopters and four Coast Guard vessels were in the area searching for the missing people, he said.

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  1. Rick from Tampa

    Are we sure we want to allow more drilling in the gulf? Admittedly, this is an isolated occurrence, but the eastern Gulf of Mexico is all that's left free of this kind of risk. Florida has enough worries without things like this. The inevitable oil spills will be bad enough, but the risk to citizens right off our shores, whether due to errant explosions or frequent hurricanes seems to be a bit too much.

    If Americans are serious about reducing dependence on foreign sources of fuel, find ways to use less of it! I'm not talking about all of us getting a windmill on the roof and driving an electric car. Just be sensible. Turn off the lights sometimes, understand it doesn't need to be 68 degrees in your house when it's 90 outside, walk to the store if you can, don't circle the parking lot like a vulture looking for a space four spots closer to the door. All little, silly things that could make a difference. Admittedly, these things are not enough to fix the problem, but a little at a time is the way to resolve this crisis! If we don't start thinking of things in a wider context, none of our children have a chance!

    April 21, 2010 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • dahma6

      They need to take a large amount of MIghty Putty, roll it into a Big ball and have that little robot they have take it down there and cram it into the pipe. Optimus Prime won't even be able to tear the it off, it's 80,000 pounds of pressure. First step is to stop the leak. How do you stop a leak momentarily? You put Mighty putty on it and there is no more screwing around. They better hurry because Hurricane season is rapidly approaching

      What are they going to do if a category 5 hurricane sweeps the gulf this year with all of that oil?
      Obviously they need an idea. Time is running out. The oil spill in Alaska killed 250 bald eagles, 15 Orca whales and billions of salmon. That town smells like a gas station and oil is still under rocks on the beach,although it happened more than 10 years ago. The coast is going to be devistated and so will be alot of people who live there.

      May 30, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Robert

    Here go the gas prices. And yes, I do feel bad that people are missing or injured. I hope everyone is found alive and that everyone survives their injuries. Energy companies look for any reason to raise prices. Their excuse will be that this has cut into the the domestic supply of oil.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff B

    Oh man, I can't WAIT until they start building these off the coast of Virginia!!! (NOT!)

    April 21, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ryan C.

    May God be with the victims and their families right now.. I hope they all make it out ok.. =/

    April 21, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. karek40

    A terrible tragedy, if we have so much oil at such a shallow depth in Montana, ever wonder why the government allows such difficult drilling in the gulf and not where the worlds largest supply is at 1000 ft depth. It must be Bush’s fault, I mean he did sink the Titanic.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Steve Pehnec

    Sounds like a production platform rather than a drilling "rig".

    April 21, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. deepwater805

    God speed these men to a safe recovery.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. theflyonthewall

    get ready for gas prices to go up again

    April 21, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Johnny Ola

    This is very dangerous work and I pray for all their families.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tbird

    somebody doesn't want the U.S. drilling for oil......................

    April 21, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. Captain Steve

    Thy Sea is So Great and My Boat is So Small

    April 21, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Steve Pehnec

    It was a drilling rig. Transocean Ltd.semisubmersible drilling rig Deepwater Horizon. The incident occurred April 20, 2010 at approximately 10:00 p.m. central time in the United States Gulf of Mexico. The rig was located approximately 41 miles offshore Louisiana on Mississippi Canyon block 252.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. mano

    My heart goes out to the families of the workers, but not to the corporate scum who will use this tragedy as an excuse to raise gas prices.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. Henry Collins

    oil depend nation – when we will learn?

    April 21, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. Robert Goddard

    It seems to me that with all the obvious finger pointing by God utilizing earthquakes, blown up oil rigs and other natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions complete with hazardous ash, that the idiots on this earth would finally acknowledge what they spend so much wasted time going to church to profess to believe in. Do humans on earth not believe that God can get pissed off at the badness that man can commit on his fellow man? I suppose that they think that going to church regularly is all they have to do to atone for their constant sinning??? Get ready for 2012, if it does not come to pass sooner!!!

    April 21, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
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