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. john f

    When all the insurance money starts rolling in....they probably won't lose a dime. It will be interesting to see what they think a life is worth and the families that have to endure this loss the rest of their lives, Personally, I think this well and any offset well production money should ALL go to the families. The oil company should pay for attorneys out of their pocket and insurance recovery. Won't happen but should.

    April 25, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Wayne

    What are they doing!!!!!! must be mad!!!!! one gallon of oil contaminates one million gallons of water 42,000 gallons a day for a week is 294,000 gallons of oil spilled into the gulf (WATER CONTAMINATED AMOUNT IS 294 BILLION GALLONS ) this is just for a week if they can get it under control. The death of the ocean will be by human greed!!! May GOD help us all!!! word to the wise forget eating any sea food for decades do to the contamination of are sea life friends. FORGET THE OIL ! THE COST IS MUCH GREATER THEN ANYONE WANTS TO PAY.

    April 25, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Amanda

    I don't think the gas price comments are really appropriate at this point. These men work risky jobs and spend many months away from their families and deserve to be respected and honored for all the work they have done. However, people already complaining about gas prices are those who work little and want everything at someone elses expense. Spend more time prying for these victims and their families, and less time worrying about what might happen to your wallet.

    April 26, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. BNT

    As an oilfield wife, I am disgusted at some of the comments made on here. First off, to all of the wives who have lost there husbands, to all of the children who have lost the daddy and to all of the parents who have lost there son...MAY GOD HEAL YOUR PAIN AND MAY YOU FIND COMFORT KNOWING THESE MEN ARE FOREVER HEROES. God received an awesome group of men in his arma on that unforgettable night. Secondly I want to say to all of you who are worried about gas prices...SHAME ON YOU...If its that big of a deal WALK TO WORK and we'll see how quick you change you minds!!! I also want to point out how important safety is in this type of job. These companies go above and beyond to train these guys and provide all necessary tools for them to provide a very safe work atmosphere. Like some of you said, this is an isolate accident that noone ever thought would happen but did so now we move forward with helping these families involved get through this time. Lastly, to all of my husbands fellow oil field family, I commend you for what you do everyday and for the sacrificies you make to provide for your family as well as this country. THANK YOU!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pradeep

    I pray for the missing,and the love ones.LOVE & RESPECT FOR MY FELLOW BROTHERS. May GOD help us during this hard period.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cynthia

    The recent Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico is spilling massive amounts of crude oil into the sea and is threatening the environment and those people who depend on the wetlands for their livelihood, such as fishermen and lobstermen. There is also the issue of a possible loss of revenue for the hospitality industry and other industries in which people are affected and wages could be lost, all of which lead to potential damage claims. Sadly, other oil rig workers are leaving the site and losing wages, but they have valid fears that the spill will catch fire. The tragedy is also raising very serious environmental concerns, and could threaten the fragile ecosystem of the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts, which serve as nurseries for fish and shrimp and habitat for birds. The disaster is in violation of a number of environmental acts, including the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act and is among the worst offshore drilling disasters in recent U.S. history, and could be the deadliest. More information on this tragedy and its devastating effects on our environment can be found at http://www.oil-rig-explosions.com/

    April 28, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. Enonamous

    Who are the people reported missing after the rig explotion?

    April 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TX456

    does anyone know where we can get a list of the missing??? i have a GOOD friend that works on rigs in lousiana... havent talked to him since about 5 days before the explosion.... please with any help id appreciate it!!!! PLEASE.... GOD BE WITH THE FAMILY,FRIENDS, AND ALL AFFECTED.....

    April 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |

    Does anyone know the cause of this accident? The "news" channels are seemingly avoiding that part of the story!! God bless the victims and their families.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Trulie

    Does anyone find it ironic that this happened on earth week? Could it possilby be environmental terrorism?

    April 30, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. Treehugger

    Has anyone even thought about the big picture here. The wildlife that will be affected by this "mistake" to put an oil rig offshore will be devastating! Oysterbeds, migratory birds, whales, breeding tuna, etc, etc.. Obviously, the workers on this rig knew the risks of this type of work before they took their jobs, but what about the animals who come into this on instinct? What are we going to do to save them?? It is very sad that we as a human race cannot see outside our own shell of comfort and think for a moment how small we are compared to the fragile ecosystem of which we keep destroying for who? Transocean? Multibillionnaires! please people wake up and take action!!!

    April 30, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John F Galt

    Hasn't anyone noticed that it is peculiar that just when a new debate is opened up on off-shore drilling that a massive accident conviently comes along to shut the whole thing down. Granted it could be a coincidence but given the resources and stubornness of some fringe eco-terrorists and that so many people in general were so against it it may be something else. Yes, I know that smacks of "conspiracy theory" type thinking but sometimes some coincidences just don't pass the smell test. Besides, yelling "conspiracy theory" is used as a tactic to shut down a line of thinking on a road that most people do not want to travel. I hope we can discredit that possibility with facts but so far I haven't heard of a valid reason for this explosion in the first place. I'm guessing that it wasn't a spontaneous combusion event or that it wasn't caused by big-foot's alien love child especially given the rumor now floating around the net that a new supply crew was the last to visit the rig. This mess could become a lot bigger than most people have yet to realize not just ecologically but something else. I hope I'm wrong. One thing is for sure, we're going to pay more at the pump this summer!

    May 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Concerned

    Those people who are concerned about gas prices...........shame on you....................what would you value more if the world would go under? your money or your life?

    May 8, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
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