Second Oil Rig Disaster In Five Months Strikes Gulf Of Mexico

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  • Houston, TX (1888PressRelease) September 08, 2010 - Just months after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster killed eleven rig workers and injured 17 others, the Gulf of Mexico has been faced with a second and unfortunately similar tragedy. Yesterday morning, the Vermillion Block 380 oil platform owned by Mariner Energy went up in flames just 100 miles from the coast, leaving 13 oil rig workers afloat in the Gulf and clinging to each other in orange survival suits.

    In the wake of this second oil platform accident, all 13 survivors have been taken to Terrebone General Hospital for evaluation, with one man reported injured in the oil rig fire incident.

    While some are shocked at this second major oil rig accident in less than five months, Houston maritime attorney Brain Beckcom of Vujasinovic & Beckcom, PLLC, understands that ship accidents and sea accidents are more common than many think and that seamen, ship crews, and maritime workers face injury, accident, illness, and death far too often while on the job.

    "Today I have the oil rig workers and their families in my thoughts and in my heart," said Beckcom. "I deeply hope that all 13 workers fully recover from the offshore incident, and that the oil platform fire is investigated thoroughly, so that we can prevent these types of tragedies once and for all."

    Currently, the U.S. Coast Guard is not reporting oil leaks similar to the April BP oil spill that sent an estimated 5 million barrels of crude oil in to the Gulf. However, officials also said that the cause of the oil well fire that engulfed the platform is still unknown.

    "According to the Houston Chronicle, federal investigators have recorded an estimated 200 safety violations on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico in the past five years," said Beckcom. "It is frightening to know that thousands of workers are exposed to these dangerous conditions each day - and even more frightening to think that some may not see justice when they are injured in a preventable on-the-job accident."

    Those involved in an offshore accident are encouraged to contact Beckcom for a free, private meeting or to visit to access his downloadable reports and eBooks on maritime law and the rights of offshore workers.

    About Vujasinovic & Beckcom, PLLC, and Attorney Brian Beckcom

    Founded by Houston attorneys Vuk Vujasinovic and Brian Beckcom, Vujasunovic & Beckcom, PLLC, represents personal injury victims across Texas, including workers involved in maritime accidents. To learn more, please visit

    Maritime lawyer Brian Beckcom is a Board Certified lawyer whose primary focus is the representation of Jones Act seamen, including tankermen, galley hands, deckhands, cruise line crews, fishing vessel crew members, offshore workers and other maritime workers in accidents. He represents clients who have been injured in Texas, across the United States, and in international waters. To read his maritime attorney blog, please visit

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