Image: Crewmen aboard the motor vessel Joe Griffin

Deepwater Horizon

April - May 2010 - At approximately 10 p.m. on April 20, 2010, an explosion rocked Transocean's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig resulting in the loss of 11 crew members and the sinking of the rig on April 22. The Macondo well, which the rig had recently completed drilling, was open and flowing an estimated 5,000 bopd into the surrounding waters. BP and the USCG coordinated on efforts to stop the oil flows and contain the resulting spill.

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Crewmen aboard the motor vessel Joe Griffin
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Image Description: Crewmen aboard the motor vessel Joe Griffin guide a cofferdam onto the deck as the ship prepares to depart Wild Well Control, May 5, 2010. The chamber was designed to contain the oil discharge, that was a result of the Deepwater Horizon incident.
Keywords: Crewmen aboard the motor vessel Joe Griffin
Type of Image: Image  (Other view more of this type)
Dimensions: 800 pixels wide by 900 pixels tall   (view full size image)
Date Created: Thursday, May 06, 2010
Associated Regional Information
Region: Gulf of Mexico  (view more from this region)
Country: US  (view more from this country)