Fishing show catches Gulf oil rig explosion on video

By David Edwards
Monday, November 19, 2012 15:14 EDT
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Oil rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico
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Fisherman for the show Sports Fishing Television were hoping to catch a big one off the coast of Louisiana on Friday but they got more than bargained for when an oil rig exploded in the background of their shot.

In video obtained by KHOU on Monday, several fisherman react as Black Elk Energy’s platform bursts into flames in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Holy shit! Look at that!” one fisherman exclaims, pointing towards a plume of smoke on the horizon. “Something just blew up!”

“Yeah, it did,” a second witness agrees.

At least two workers have been reported missing following the explosion. Divers hired by Black Elk Energy located one body over the weekend. The U.S. Coast Guard abandoned its search on Saturday.

Watch this video from KHOU, broadcast Nov. 19, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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