Crews to assess damage to offshore drilling rig struck by large wave in Gulf

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 16 at 2:40 PM

GALVESTON, Texas - The owner of an offshore drilling rig is waiting for weather off the Texas coast to improve to assess damage to the rig after it was struck by a large storm wave.

U.S. Coast Guard petty officer Manda Emery said Wednesday that crews for London-based Ensco will inspect the semi-submersible rig, which is about 130 miles from Galveston.
The rig was knocked 55 feet and took on water when it was struck by the wave Tuesday.
Emery says the rig was not drilling for oil or gas at the time. It’s working a well owned by Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
She says the rig’s platform is stable and none of the 116 crew members was injured. No oil spilled in waters that are about 3,000 feet deep.

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