11 Oil Rig Workers Still Missing in Gulf

Rescuers will search through the night
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2010 6:46 PM CDT
11 Oil Rig Workers Still Missing in Gulf
An aerial photo shows the explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Coast Guard says it will search through the night for 11 missing oil rig workers in the Gulf of Mexico. One hopeful note: the men were spotted in a lifeboat shortly after the nighttime explosion on the rig, about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Seventeen workers were injured in the blast, three critically, and nearly 100 were rescued unharmed, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

"We will continue searching as long as it is reasonable that we might still find someone," said a Coast Guard commander. The rig is leaking 13,000 gallons of crude oil an hour, but almost all of it is being burned in the intense fire, said the commander. "We do not see a major spill emanating from this incident." (More oil rig explosion stories.)

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