Oct 4, 2010 12:01 PM
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - A U.S. Coast Guard official says the fact
that more than 100 people escaped the Gulf of Mexico rig explosion
alive is a sign that the evacuation effort went fairly well.
Capt. James Hanzalik, chief of incident response for the Coast
Guard's 8th District, told a federal investigative panel there was
nothing more his agency could have done to prevent the Deepwater
Horizon from sinking.
The joint panel of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Bureau of Energy
Management, Regulation and Enforcement is trying to determine the
cause of the blast and massive oil spill that followed. Of the 126
people on board the rig, 11 were killed in the blast.
Hanzalik also said the Coast Guard currently relies on oil
industry partners for help in rescuing so many people from a