Deepwater Horizon: Work continues following rig sinking

Four underwater vehicles are working to stem the flow of hydrocarbons from the seabed where the Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible sank last week.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON -- Four underwater vehicles are working to stem the flow of hydrocarbons from the seabed where the Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible sank last week. The US Coast Guard and Minerals Management Service say the plan is to activate a blowout preventer with the ROVs.

At the same time, two floating drilling rigs are en route to the location in the even it is necessary to drill a relief well to gain control of the flow.

The Coast Guard says it has suspended the active search for the 11 missing crewmembers and that those individuals are presumed to be dead.

Smith International Inc. has confirmed that three of five M-I SWACO employees on the rig when it caught fire are safe, and that the other two are unaccounted for as part of the 11 total missing workers from the rig.

M-I SWACO is jointly owned by Smith and Schlumberger Ltd.

04/26/2010

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