Eleven workers were killed in an explosion and fire last month at an offshore drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Fortunately, most of the 126 people on board escaped safely after the explosion on the rig, Deepwater Horizon, on April 20th, but sadly 11 of the workers didn’t make it. The rig was located about 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. In addition to those killed, seven workers were critically injured.
The rig was drilling, but was not in production, according to a spokesman for its owner, Transocean Ltd., in Houston. The rig was under contract to BP PLC. According to Transocean’s website, the Deepwater Horizon is 396 feet long and 256 feet wide. The rig 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. The rig, designed to operate in water depths up to 8,000 feet, can accommodate a crew of up to 130. The rig has a maximum drill depth of about 5.5 miles.
Source: Associated Press
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