May 27th, 2010
01:21 AM ET

Crews involved in oil recovery feeling sick; boats recalled

The Unified Command in Louisiana recalled all 125 commercial vessels in Breton Sound after four crew members in three vessels involved in the oil recovery operations reported feeling sick.

Medics were going boat to boat to evaluate crew members as a precaution, said Lt. Cmdr. Rob Wyman.

The four crew members, who prompted the recall, reported feeling nauseous and dizzy, and complained of headaches and chest pains, the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center said.

The other crew members on those boats declined treatment at the dock.

"No other personnel are reporting symptoms, but we are taking this action as an extreme safeguard," said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Robinson Cox.

All four crew members were taken to West Jefferson Medical Center outside New Orleans.

Hospital spokeswoman Taslin Alfonzo said that in addition to the four, the medical center also received three other men who were working on the spill cleanup.

The vessels were involved in cleaning up oil that has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico since April when an oil rig sank about 40 miles of Louisiana, gushing an estimated 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) of crude a day.

soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. damiao

    We cannot figure out about the damage to the enviroment, is there any video about it?

    May 27, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. David Foster

    Simplicity – Set two huge ankors on either side of the leak, attach chains with a winch from one ankor to the other, have the chains go right over the leak, weld a curved steel plate to the chains right over the leak, attach a thick flexible fabric material to the steel plate – winch the assembly down pulling the steel backed fabric down over the leak.

    May 29, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Robert Brown

    The oil gusher can be STOPPED COMPLETELY! The robots, with HYDRAULIC TOOLS certainly can undo the flange bolts, after cutting the riser under the kink. Trim the stubs sticking up from the flange Firmly clamp a guide (pre-assembled with four 40 ft drill pipes and steel bands that make them wider at the top) to the top of the blowout preventer. That enables a pre-assembled 50 ft flanged riser with a valve or BOP to be pulled down thru the blast of oil and bolted on SOLID! No more da leakin!! Someone please hurry and ask the engineers if this should quickly supercede the projected cap, merely placed over the cut end of the riser?

    May 30, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ray Myrick

    Why dont BP use a mini explosion in the well to colapse the wells walls shutting off the flow of oil, SIMPLE?

    May 31, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ray Myrick

    Why dont BP use a mini explosion inside the well to colapse the walls of the well to shut off the flow of oil SIMPLE ?

    May 31, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
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