Skip to comments.Burning oil rig sinks into Gulf; 11 still missing
Posted on 04/22/2010 12:02:20 PM PDT by valkyry1
NEW ORLEANS An oil platform that burned for more than day after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Crews searched by air and water for 11 workers still missing from the Deepwater Horizon, though one relative said family members have been told it's unlikely anyone survived Tuesday night's blast.
Supply vessels had been shooting water into the rig try to control the flames enough to keep it afloat, but couldn't, Coast Guard Petty Officer Katherine McNamara said.
Rescue crews have covered the 1,940-square-mile search area by air 12 times and by boat five times. The boats searched all night, hoping the missing workers might have been able to get to a covered lifeboat with supplies.
Carolyn Kemp of Monterey, La., said her grandson, Roy Wyatt Kemp, 27, was among the missing. She said he would have been on the drilling platform when it exploded.
"They're assuming all those men who were on the platform are dead," Kemp said. "That's the last we've heard."
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Prayers for the families.
The video reports that 300,000 gallons a day sweet crude are flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, and the rig was in waters over 4,000’ deep.
Odds aren’t good. Very sad. Unfortunately there is a reason oil rigs pay well.
Prayers for their families.
Rig Type 5th Generation Deepwater
Design Reading & Bates Falcon RBS-8D
Builder Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard, Ulsan, South Korea
Year Built 2001
Flag Marshall Islands
Accommodation 130 berths
Helideck Rated for S61-N helicopter
Moonpool 21 ft x 93 ft
Station Keeping Dynamically Positioned
Max Drill Depth 30,000 ft / 9,144 m
Max Water Depth 8,000 ft / 2,438 m
Operating Conditions Significant Wave: 29 ft;@ 10.1 sec; Wind: 60 knots; Current: 3.5 knots
Storm Conditions Significant Wave: 41 ft @ 15 sec; Wind: 103 knots; Current: 3.5 knots
JACKPOT!!! Pathetic succubus.
That a huge structure to go under. I read somewhere today its estimated value of $600 million.
given their track record on things like coal mining, I’m sure the ChiComs will have one of these per month going down in the Gulf once they’re done drilling every square inch under Cuban waters
Some pics, info and links on:
The rig sank this morning.
This really smells to me. Just when we MIGHT consider more off shore drilling. I pray that I am wrong on this one.
Wait a minute...famed metalurgist Oprah taught me that a petrochemical fire is not hot enought to melt metal. Conclusion: controlled delmotion
Well if Oprah says it then it has to be true because she knows and no discussion allowed.
Attempting to fight that fire is about as effective as peeing on Mrs. O’Leary’s barn.
Wait a minute...famed metalurgist Oprah
You have your blubbering idiots confused that Rosie ODonnel
Prayers for their families. I heard them say earlier that they thought they might’ve been close to the explosion so it doesn’t look good for them right now.
That’s what I thought too looking at it, but they had to try though.