Search and rescue teams are trying to find the 12 who are missing after the explosion of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon rig off the coast of Louisiana Tuesday night.
Fifteen people have been reported injured, some critically, and at least 12 are missing. Other workers on the rig escaped after the rig exploded at approximately 10pm.
On Wednesday morning, the rig was still burning. The rig was located approximately 41 miles off the shores of Louisiana. There is hope that the missing Deepwater Horizon rig workers are on a life raft.
The rig, owned by Transocean, was not in production at the time of the explosion, but according to a report on MSNBC, it was drilling.
Transocean is the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor. The company rents out floating, mobile drill rigs, along with the equipment and personnel needed for operations, to oil and gas companies.
A statement about the rig explosion was posted on the Transocean website:
Transocean Ltd.today reported a fire onboard its 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.
Transocean’s Emergency and Family Response Teams are working with the U.S. Coast Guard and lease operator BP Exploration & Production, Inc. to care for all rig personnel and search for missing rig personnel. A substantial majority of the 126 member crew is safe but some crew members remain unaccounted for at this time. Injured personnel are receiving medical treatment as necessary. The names and hometowns of injured persons are being withheld until family members can be notified.
The names of the workers aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig have not been released. It is not known if the workers are all local residents of Louisianna or if they are contracted from out of state.
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Sources: MSNBC, CNN, AP