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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Oil rig explosion Video

Oil rig explosion: 11 still missing (VIDEO) : News Updates

Oil rig explosionThe first of 98 rescued workers from the oil rig explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig arrived in the New Orleans area in Port Fourchon around 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning, after a 100-plus mile boat journey from the burning rig.

The search continues for 11 people who were on an oil drilling platform off the coast of Louisiana when it exploded sending up a wall of fire. The explosion sent six people to USA Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama, where one is being treated in the burn center.

This story hit close to home for Kathy Breland. Her son Craig has worked on an oil rig for 13 years and had just returned to sea.

Breland said she was watching the news when she heard the news that made her heart stop.

"It happened about 10:00 last night," said Breland.

Craig Breland, 32, was working on the Transocean Deepwater Horizon when it burst into flames Wednesday night. The flames reported to be 200 feet tall.

"You know, my son is a type one diabetic, that has your concerns. So I got all my prayer warriors together and started praying for my son's safety," said Breland.

Breland said the power of prayer paid off. Her son Craig, a father or two, survived the fiery blast.

"So glad to know he is alive!" she said.

The United States Coast Guard said out of 126 people on the rig, 114 have been accounted for, and 11 are still missing. The rig is more than 50 miles southeast of Venice, on Louisiana's tip.

Lt. Scot Albrecht said it's a major operation.

"Thirty different air crews were involved in the search and rescue mission. Pretty massive effort for this base. Probably couple hundred just here," said Lt. Albrecht.

Breland's thoughts are with those who are still missing.

"Remind everyone to remember them in their prayers. My prayers will be with all of them to return," cried Breland.

Breland is traveling Wednesday night with her daughter-in-law Haley to meet Craig in Louisiana.

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