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. anymous

    To the previous poster, you are being insensitive to the famililes and workers aboard the platforms. This is not an easy job and there are many costs to ensure the safety of these workers so if all your have to pay is a buck or two more for a rig that cost a million dollars a day to run properly then so be it, lives are much more important than a few extra dollars at the pump for a month or two. You have a choice, if you feel fuel costs are inflated or too costly for your budget then find another means of transportion,, ie. bike and foot cost nothing more but your energy and time.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. anymous

    sorry that was intended for "flintstoner"

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeanne

    My husband (a safety freak) was on the rig when it exploded. I'm trying to find out what caused the explosion, but so far no details. I am praying for the injured and missing and will post any new information I get. Please do the same.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. david cline

    i have worked offshore as a service supervisor my rig was 150 miles southeast of houston and i know how dangerous it is out on the water. but i also know how strict the safety is on the rigs. accident like these dont occur frequently because of the srtingent safery regulations that are in place. its my personal opinion that this was most likely due to equipment failure than human error. let just pray the other crew members are found and that they are alive and well.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. angela crawford

    my sons father was on that rig & is one of the ones still missing. we need everyones prayers right now to bring these guys home safe.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ann Bass

    Angela Crawford and other's .......

    We are saying prayers for you sweetie !

    April 21, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Glow

    Jeanne.....Praying for all of you may your husband be safe along with all the others.
    Melonie Cox...Praise God that he is ok.
    brandi...Same to you

    May the Lord be with all those that were in this accident.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cheryl Arbon

    @Angela Crawford Our prayers are with you and all of the other families who are injured or missing too. I hope everything turns out well for you.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mindkill

    Let me first say, I hope that everyone is OK and safe.

    Now to the meat... I bet this is going to raise our gas prices.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. ava k.

    My brother-n-law was on that rig. Thanks you to those who are on here sharing hope and support. We think most of them made it. My brother-n-law is in surgery. And for those of you making sorry selfish comments about gas prices, etc. grow a heart! And quit being so self centered! They were doing their job! Are gas prices really more important than life... is that the way the world thinks now?

    April 21, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. ava k.

    They are bringing a boat with 96 more from the rig into New Orleans now, for those worried about loved ones. My prayers are with the families. My sister's husband is in surgery right now. Please pray for him.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. flintstoner

    hey anymous! No one wants anyone to be hurt or injured..I didnt say anything about workers being injured by god or the easter bunny or what ever you believe ...Fact remains.......Oil companies use icidences like this to make lots and lots of money by instanty raising the price of gas when things like this happen.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mary Reynolds

    My son works in gulf on an oil rig, still waiting for more information. Prayers for them all. Please.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kerri

    Oh seriously shut up! It is safe or they wouldn't be doing it for so many years. Are we going to quit coal mining in Kentucky because of explosions?? How about NO! This is why there needs to be rules and regulations and people to enforce them. We can not prevent EVERY problem that might or could occur as much as we'd like for that to happen. Face it, there are car wrecks, train wrecks, plain crashes and humans make errors. Doesn't mean we shut down driving, travel or drilling.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. JM

    Prayers for all involved particularly the families who wait for news and for all those injured and missing at this time.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
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