posted on May, 10 2010 @ 04:03 PM
In the aftermath of last month's explosion of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, all the survivors wanted to do was get to dry land and call their
loved ones. Yet for more than 24 hours they were told to stay on ships on the water.
One reason was that the Coast Guard wanted to get information about the explosions on the rig and what caused them. And the company that owned the oil
rig Deepwater Horizon also wanted answers.
Coast Guard officers boarded the supply boat, the Damon Bankston, soon after it picked up survivors, including Deepwater Horizon crew member
Christopher Choy, from the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard wanted to know what caused the explosion, and the officers wanted witness statements.
Choy, a young roustabout on the rig, was handed a form to fill out, asking what he'd seen. "They came on there, and they gathered everybody in the
galley on the boat and handed out … papers and stuff saying, '[These are] statements. You need to sign these. Nobody's getting off here until we
get one from everybody.'"
But when Choy read the Coast Guard form, he didn't like what he saw. "At the bottom, it said something about, like, you know, this can be used as
evidence in court and all that. I told them, I'm not signing it," Choy says. "Most of the people signed it and filled them out. I just didn't feel
comfortable doing it." Choy shared his story at length with NPR and the PBS program NewsHour in one of the most extensive interviews from a survivor
of the April 20 rig blast.
Why keep the survivors isolated, what else were they trying to hide?
[edit on 10-5-2010 by marmitenews]