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Unformatted text preview: letely seal the well – the blind shear ram on the BOP stack is designed to perform these functions. 48 Testimony of Chris Pleasant, Joint Investigation Hearing, May 28, 2010, at 123. 45 46 23 lifeboat stations. Personnel, including crew members, contractors and visiting executives from BP and Transocean, evacuated the rig on two lifeboats and a life raft. At least six people jumped from the rig into the water. At 10:00 p.m., the Damon Bankston, which prior to the explosions had been directed by the Deepwater Horizon to move 500 meters away from the rig, received distress calls from the Deepwater Horizon and prepared its fast recovery craft for launch and rescue of those who had abandoned the rig. The Damon Bankston retrieved six people from the water and recovered another 108 people from the two lifeboats and life raft. Uncontrollable fires continued to blaze on the Deepwater Horizon, and the rig sank on the morning of April 22. Eleven men died as a result of the blowout and sixteen others were injured. Estimates are that the...
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