April 22, 2010
An explosion on an oil rig caused it to burn for over a day and finally sink 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday night, according to a report by CNN.
According to an interview by CNN with Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashley Butler, the rig was leaking crude oil at about 8,000 barrels per day, and that a suspected 700,000 gallons of diesel fuel has also leaked from the vessel.
Officials say 126 people were on the rig at the time of the explosion. 11 workers are now missing, with the other 115 accounted for and only 17 of evacuated by helicopter for injuries.
The owner of the rig, Transocean Ltd, has 140 offshore drilling units.
"We are deeply saddened by this event," said Adrian Rose, a vice president for Transocean. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the crew members of the Deepwater Horizon and their families."