ARCHIVAL VIDEO: Deepwater Horizon oil rig in Gulf of Mexico ignited in 2010 explosion

April 21, 2010: The oil rig, under contract with BP, exploded with catastrophic results.
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Transcript for ARCHIVAL VIDEO: Deepwater Horizon oil rig in Gulf of Mexico ignited in 2010 explosion
And we move on now on want to take you to the frightening drama and the Gulf of Mexico overnight a powerful explosion rocked a giant oil rig. Igniting a fire and launching a daylong search for eleven workers. Jeffrey Kaufmann brings us a story from port for Sean Louisiana. The explosion was spectacular and catastrophic the deep water horizon was under contract with BP. Drilling a new well in the Gulf of Mexico. Around 10 PM last night as the drill pierced deep into the ocean floor there was some abnormal pressure build up. Then the night sky lit up. We have capabilities to search trophy tonight and we continue to search and rescue case eleven people learn accounted for me we'll continue the search and rescue case until it's. Reasonable that we we might not find anybody. It was a harrowing ordeal as workers scrambled to abandon the rich. Most made it to life boats some jump more than 75 feet into the ocean. They break the Coast Guard airlifted the injured some critically injured to shore for medical treatment. And they scoured the ocean surface for signs of the missing men. The deep water horizon is what is called a mode you are mobile offshore drilling unit it is sitting in 5000. Feet of water. Last September this same rate grow to well 35000. Feet into the Earth's surface setting a world record. It is now listing at about ten degrees but even more worrisome he is starting to sink. Meanwhile the families of the eleven missing wait anxiously for word of their fate. And the survivors who were not injured are now with making their way to shore they'll be arriving here in port later this evening. The search for the missing will continue through the night and as you can see Diane. That conditions are perfect for search for Jeffrey tell me in the hierarchy of dangerous jobs how dangerous is the oil rig job. I they're very very dangerous remember they're dealing with pressurized wells with big heavy equipment and of course with highly volatile gas and oil. Forbes magazine in fact said that this is the worst job in America because of the danger the low pay and a crap living conditions. About 69 people have died on oil rig since 2001. And Jeffrey Kaufman will continue to report on this story.

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