Chevron Rig Catches on Fire Near Nigerian Coast
On Monday, January 16 an offshore rig caught fire near the coast of Nigeria. The rig had been exploring some potential deepwater oil and gas fields on behalf of Chevron Corp. – who owns exploration rights to over two million acres near Nigeria's delta. The rig was run by FODE Drilling Co.
Currently, only 152 out of 154 workers have been accounted for following the fire and the search remains ongoing. As of 3:00 p.m. EST, the fire was still burning aboard the offshore rig and there were ongoing efforts regarding the early well control. A sheen that had been noticed around the well is under investigation.
The cause of the fire on the rig is currently unknown although Chevron investigators are still looking. They have since announced that following the accident, people were flown out immediately to provide assistance and medical treatment. Local watchdog groups have stated that the industrial accident was the cause of the fire; it was believed that offshore workers aboard the rig had failed in their attempts to contain gas pressure which resulted in what is known as a "gas kick."
Industrial accidents that occur offshore are tragic and can result in not only debilitating injuries, but lost lives as well. If the negligence of a third party has caused you to suffer, no matter whether you were immediately victimized or if you have lost a loved one to a fatal injury, then it is highly encouraged that you get the involvement of an offshore injury lawyer that you can rely upon.
At Arnold & Itkin, we are known as leaders in maritime law and have demonstrated throughout the years our ability to fully defend the rights of offshore accident victims in complex litigation. In fact, we were proud to represent over a fifth of the crew who was victimized by the Deepwater Horizon explosion. To learn more about how we can protect your rights following an accident such as this, do not hesitate to contact a Jones Act attorney from our firm as soon as possible. We are standing by and ready to help you.