Eleven missing in oil rig blast may not have escaped

http://news-updations.blogspot.com/11 workers missing from an offshore oil platform may not have escaped after a massive explosion, officials said Thursday.

Crews continued to search by air and water for those missing from the Deepwater Horizon, which burned for nearly a day prior to sinking into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday.

Vice president of rig owner Transocean Ltd Adrian Rose said crew members who survived Tuesday's explosion indicated the missing could have been near the blast and unable to escape.

Officials had hoped they might have been capable to get to a covered lifeboat with supplies.

The rig was doing exploratory drilling about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana and the rescue crews have covered a 1,940-square-mile search area by air 12 times and by boat 5 times.

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