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1 Page 1 of 6 Oil Rig Sinks In Gulf Of Mexico; 11 Still Missing by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW ORLEANS April 22, 2010, 04:13 pm ET text size A A A Officials are saying that an explosion on an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana has the potential to be a major spill. The Coast Guard is still searching for the 11 workers missing since the blast Tuesday. Survivors who escaped the blast have told company officials that they fear those missing were unable to evacuate. Family members of Eugene Moss, 37, of Jayess, Miss., who was on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, read news on their PDA's as they await his arrival with fellow crew members who were safely evacuated, in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 21, Left to right are David Sneathern, nephew, his fiance Crystal Buffington, Eugene's daughter Jasmyn Moss, and wife Carrol Moss. The company has been unable to confirm those reports. The platform burned for more than a day after a massive explosion Tuesday. It sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. Crews have been searching by air and water for the 11 workers from the Deepwater Horizon, though one relative said family members have been told it's unlikely anyone survived. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Officials are saying that the 11 workers missing since an explosion on an oil rig off the Louisiana coast may have been unable to escape the rig when the blast occurred. Adrian Rose, vice president of Transocean, said Thursday that when some of the workers who survived were interviewed they said their missing colleagues may not have been able to evacuate in time. Rose says he is unable to confirm the reports. Workers who were rescued from the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform depart from Port Fourchon, La., Thursday, April 22, The buses carrying the survivors of a The platform burned for more than a day after a massive explosion Tuesday. It sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday.

2 Page 2 of 6 thunderous blast aboard the oil platform off the Louisiana coast are headed to a suburban New Orleans hotel where their families are waiting to greet them. The platform exploded off the coast of Louisiana Tuesday, and 11 workers remain missing. Crews have been searching by air and water for the 11 workers from the Deepwater Horizon, though one relative said family members have been told it's unlikely anyone survived. Workers who were rescued from the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform depart with family members from Port Fourchon, La., Thursday, April 22, The buses carrying the survivors of a thunderous blast aboard the oil platform off the Louisiana coast are headed to a suburban New Orleans hotel where their families are waiting to greet them. The platform exploded off the coast of Louisiana Tuesday, and 11 workers remain missing. An oil drilling platform stands in the Gulf of Mexico behind Jerome Gollop, left, as he helps his grandson Rodney fix his fishing pole in Port Fourchon, La., Wednesday, April 21, The Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform (not in photo) exploded off the coast of Louisiana at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, and 11 workers remain missing. More than 90 rescued workers are scheduled to dock in Port Fourchon at around 8 p.m. today. In this aerial photo taken in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50

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4 Page 4 of 6 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, an oil slick is seen as the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns Wednesda y, April 21, Christy Murray, right, sister of Chad Murray, who was rescued from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, talks on the phone, as her father Stanley Murray, left, talks with loved ones of a crew member reported missing, after the surviving crew arrived at a hotel in Kenner, La., Thursday, April 22, 2010.

5 Page 5 of 6 This image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon Wednesday April 21, The Coast Guard by sea and air planned to search overnight for 11 workers missing since a thunderous explosion rocked an oil drilling platform that continued to burn late Wednesday. comments Please note that all comments must adhere to the NPR.org discussion rules and terms of use. See also the Community FAQ. You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login Register Post this comment to Facebook, too? NPR reserves the right to read on the air and/or publish on its Web site or in any medium now known or unknown the s and letters that we receive. We may edit them for clarity or brevity and identify authors by name and location. For additional information, please consult our Terms of Use.

6 Page 6 of 6 Misty Norris (Misty in Louisiana) wrote: As of 5pm none of the 11 missing have been found. Search and rescue operations continue tonight. Wednesday, April 21, :10:49 PM Recommend (0) Report abuse

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