PHOTO: Parts of Gulf rig now “melting and falling” into sea — Drill floor and derrick collapse

Published: July 24th, 2013 at 6:21 pm ET
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Title: Drilling rig on fire, begins to collapse; relief well to be drilled
Source: WWL TV
Author: David Hammer
Date: July 24, 2013 at 3:47p ET

Drilling rig on fire, begins to collapse; relief well to be drilled [...]

“Gulf of Mexico rig exploded Tuesday evening, causing drill floor and derrick to collapse” SOURCE: Times Picayune (Coast Guard photo)

Portions of the Hercules drilling rig that is on fire in the Gulf of Mexico started to collapse Wednesday.

The parts of the Hercules 265 rig that stick out over the Walter Oil & Gas platform and wel lhead have been melting and falling, but the integrity of the massive post-like legs and the permanent platform itself appear to still be strong, Walter Oil & Gas spokesman Brian Kennedy said. [...]

The federal offshore safety agency reported that beams supporting the derrick and rig floor on the Hercules have folded and collapsed. [...]

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Published: July 24th, 2013 at 6:21 pm ET
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