“At the time of the incident there were 126 people on board the rig: 79 Transocean staff, six BP staff, and the remainder were third-party service partners that work onboard the rig. We’ve accounted for 115 personnel, and currently have 11 missing.”
Transocean vice president Adrian Rose says crews were performing routine work before the explosion and there were no signs of trouble. The rig is still burning and it’s not clear what caused the explosion. So far the environmental impact appears minimal.