UPDATE: Pemex Accident May Claim Up to 10 Lives
Mexican oil and gas company Pemex has confirmed the accident that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday. Due to 80-mph winds and 25-foot waves, the 200-foot MC jackup Usumacinta hit the Kab-101 platform.
The company stated that 81 workers were evacuated from the platform because of the risk of fire.
Fifty-eight people have been confirmed as rescued. Pemex's preliminary estimation is that 10 people have died because of the accident. This means 13 people are still unaccounted for. Rescue efforts continue.
The Mexican government has called in the country's navy, as well as helicopters, to help with the rescue.
The accident caused an oil and gas spill when the rig hit the valve shaft. Pemex stated that efforts are under way to control the leak and re-establish operations.
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