November 19, 2012
'Sport Fishing Television' Captures Gulf Oil Rig Explosion on Camera
A fishing show filming an episode off the coast of Louisiana captured last Friday's dramatic explosion of an offshore oil rig on video.
From this story on saltwatersportsman.com:
On the morning of November 16 our film crew and I were filming an episode of our television show, Sport Fishing Television powered by RAM in Venice Louisiana. We were fishing for redfish along the beach between Venice and Empire, Louisiana and we had our cameras pointing toward Capt. Scott Sullivan, our guide. The cameras were pointing south and suddenly we all saw a huge fireball erupt on the horizon.
We trained the camera more closely on the fireball which soon went away, and a large plume of smoke rose into the sky. We immediately turned on the VHF radio and soon heard the distress call from an oil platform 20 miles offshore. This was the explosion which made the news later that day, West Delta 130 Echo. We strained like everyone else to get information, which came slowly and soon heard the sad news that there were injuries and possibly deaths.
According to news reports, the rig, located about 36 miles south of Port Fourchon, LA, exploded when workers using a torch cut an oil line. The massive explosion killed at least two workers, injured four, and one man is still missing.