April 21, 2010 -Several people were missing and others reported to be injured, after an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil rig, named Deepwater Horizon, is about 40 miles from the Louisiana coast is in operation for BP, through an owner -operator/ contractor company Transocean.
Several Coast Guard choppers and vessels are engaged in search and rescue operations in the area. The blast was reported to have occured on Tuesday night at about 10 pm. The cause remains unclear.
The environmental impact of the event is as yet not known. The missing persons apparently boarded a life boat, which is now untraceable. There is a video of the event on You Tube posted below.