Burning oil rig sinks off U.S. coast, search still on for 11 missing

08:51, April 23, 2010      

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The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday an oil rig that has been burning since Tuesday night has sunk in Gulf of Mexico, and authorities are still searching for 11 workers who have been missing since an explosion ripped through the rig.

Local media quoted Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike O'Berry as saying the Deepwater Horizon rig sank below the surface of the sea Thursday. The platform has been burning since Tuesday night.

Authorities have been using ships to shoot water at the platform to try to control the fire and prevent it from sinking. The sinking of the platform poses a danger of pollution, as tens of thousands of gallons of oil will be leaked to the gulf of Mexico each day.

Eleven workers were missing after the explosion Tuesday night, and the Coast Guard is still searching for them. The rig is owned by Transocean. It is located at about 82 km southeast of Venice, Louisiana.



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