Large Storm Wave Swamps Drilling Rig Off Texas Coast

GALVESTON (April 15, 2014) An offshore drilling rig was taking on water Tuesday evening, but was stable after a large storm wave hit it off the Texas coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the rig’s crew was drilling for oil and gas in 3,000-foot depths at around 10 a.m. Tuesday when the wave hit about 130 miles out from Galveston.

Petty Officer Manda Emery says the platform was knocked 55 feet, and one of three watertight chambers in one of the rig's six floatation columns began taking on water.

Emery says the platform is being kept level and there is no spill.

None of the 116 crew members was injured, and there have been no evacuations.

The rig is about 130 miles from Galveston.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Andy Kendrick says the well is being drilled for Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp.


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