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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Although crews continue to search for the 11 workers missing since Tuesday night's explosion on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, prospects for their survival are dimming.

The rig's owner, Transocean, says some survivors have told them their colleagues may not have been able to flee the rig.

Transocean says more than 100 workers made it off the Deepwater Horizon. Seventeen suffered burns, broken legs and smoke inhalation in the blast. Four were critically injured.

Relatives of one missing worker filed a lawsuit in New Orleans today, accusing Transocean of negligence. But federal authorities says they have inspected the rig three times since it was moved to the site in January and have found no violations.

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard says the rig could be spilling thousands of gallons of crude oil.

Officials had previously said the environmental damage appeared minimal, but when the rig sank today that changed. The Coast Guard says the Deepwater Horizon carried 700,000 gallons of diesel fuel and could spill as much as 8,000 barrels of crude a day.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Coast Guard is saying an oil platform that suffered a massive explosion two days ago has sunk in the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Katherine McNamara said Thursday that the Deepwater Horizon had gone under. The Coast Guard is still searching for 11 workers who went missing after the blast Tuesday.

The rig had been burning since the explosion. Supply vessels had been shooting water at it to try to control the flames and prevent the platform from sinking.

The rig is about twice the size of a football field. It is owned by Transocean, which is under contract to oil giant BP.

The rig was doing exploratory drilling about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

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PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) -- Coast Guard helicopters have resumed searching for 11 workers missing since a thunderous blast aboard an oil platform off the Louisiana coast.

The air search resumed Thursday morning, not long after some of the 100 surviving workers were reunited with their families at a hotel in suburban New Orleans.

The rig, where exploratory drilling was being done about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana, exploded late Tuesday. Seventeen people were injured in the blast and taken to hospitals, four critically, in what could be one of the nation's deadliest offshore drilling accidents of the past half-century.

The rig is owned by Transocean Ltd. and was under contract to oil giant BP.

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PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) -- Survivors of a thunderous blast aboard an oil platform off the Louisiana coast are being reunited with their families at a suburban New Orleans hotel.

About 100 workers made it to a supply boat after Tuesday night's explosion. Early Thursday, they arrived in Port Fourchon where they were checked by doctors.

Coast Guard rescuers are searching for signs of the 11 unaccounted for since the explosion rocked the Deepwater Horizon late Tuesday, leaving 17 injured.

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PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) -- A relative says a boat carrying 100 survivors of an oil drilling platform blast off the Louisiana coast has arrived on shore.

Dana Eugene says her brother, Kevin Eugene, is among those aboard. She says before the workers can be reunited with waiting families, they must be checked out by doctors in Port Fourchon, where the boat docked.

She says about five or six families are waiting in the coastal town. The workers then are expected to be taken to a hotel about 70 miles north to a hotel in suburban New Orleans where more families are waiting.

Officials from rig owner Transocean Ltd. would not comment.

Coast Guard rescuers are searching for signs of the 11 unaccounted for since the thunderous blast rocked the Deepwater Horizon late Tuesday, leaving 17 injured.

 

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