I’m starting to think that oil and the Gulf are not a good combination. From USA Today:
An off-shore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded early Thursday, sending its crew of 13 scrambing into the water and creating a sheen of spilled oil.
The oil could be seen in a mile-long plume with a width of about 100 feet, Coast Guard Petty Officer Thomas Blue said. The slick was reported by the rig’s owner, Mariner Energy of Houston, and had not been confirmed by the Coast Guard, Blue said.
An oil industry vessel that was nearby plucked the crewmembers out of the water and brought them to a nearby platform, Blue said. Coast Guard helicopters were in the process of flying them to a hospital. One of the workers suffered a minor injury, Blue said.
The crew had donned brightly colored survival gear known as “Gumby suits” that helped them float and made them more visible.
The explosion and rescue attempt were reminiscent of the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig, which was triggered by a blowout from a newly drilled oil reservoir. The resulting oil spill lasted nearly three months and became the nation’s worst off-shore environmental disaster in history. Eleven workers died in that blast.
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