Kevin McGill of the Associated Press reports that 11 workers are missing after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig situated in the Gulf of Mexico about 50 miles from Venice, Louisianna. Seven workers have been critically injured, and two have been taken to a trauma center that has a burn unit. It appears that 126 workers were on the oil platform, and most are believed to have escaped.
Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike O’Berry told the AP, “We’re hoping everyone’s in a life raft.” Authorities are searching for lifeboats in the Gulf.
The rig is owned by Transocean Ltd and under contract to BP PLC. We’re hoping that this explosion isn’t as deadly as other disasters at BP facilities. Our thoughts are with the oil rig workers and their families. If anyone hears an update before we do, please leave info in the comments.