UPDATE: Rig sinks, search continues for missing crew members

Source: Minerals Management  Service

The Coast Guard continues the search for 11 missing crewmembers from the mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) Deepwater Horizon

Currently an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and the Coast Guard Cutter Cobia, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Mobile, Ala. are on scene searching.
Twenty-three total sorties have been completed by air and surface assets and more than 3,000 square-miles have been searched. 

Watchstanders at the U.S. Coast Guard District Eight command center here received a report at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday of an explosion and fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon MODU, approximately 42 miles Southeast of Venice, La. 

Reports indicate that there were 126 people on board the MODU at the time of the explosion. Of the 126 people, 115 crewmembers have been accounted for. Of those accounted for seventeen crewmembers were medevaced from the scene. Ninety-four crewmembers were transported to Port Fourchon and moored at approximately 1:20 a.m. Thursday. There were no major injuries reported for these members. Four crewmembers were transferred to a separate vessel 

The MODU has settled below the surface of the ocean and the fire is out. The cause of the explosion is under investigation. The investigation is a cooperative effort between Mineral Management Service and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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