Atleast 11 Workers Missing After Oil-Rig Explosion

oil rig explosionAt least 11 people were reported missing and seven others injured after an explosion and fire occurred at an oil drilling rig in Deepwater Horizon, in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said Wednesday, April 21.

According to Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike O’Berry, most of the 126 workers have escaped safely after the explosion on Tuesday, at around 10 p.m.

O’Berry also said that the workers who escaped were being brought to land on a work boat. They are expected to arrive Wednesday evening.

According to Transocean’s website, the Deepwater Horizon is 396 feet long by 256 feet wide. It is a semi-submersible rig that was built in 2001 by Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in South Korea. The site is known as the Macondo prospect, in 5,000 feet of water.