Posted: Jun 1, 2010 7:45 PM by Mike Magnoli
Updated: Jun 1, 2010 7:45 PM
Leaving dock on a sunny Saturday afternoon, the crew of the coast guard cutter pompano doesn't have to rush. But on the night of April 20th, just after 10 o'clock,they responded to a distress call from the oil rig deep water horizon: 40 miles off the southern tip of Louisiana. Reports of a massive explosion, an from the very beginning- a head count of missing rig workers.
Mathew Wilson had only been in the Guard for 8 months that night. Originally from Enterprise Alabama, Mathew's father used to fly helicopters to and from rigs in the gulf. Vince Neiman from Denver had only been on the job for 3 days when the rig blew up.
At 3 AM when the Pompano arrived in the troubled waters, the air was thick with fumes. The pompano began making s and r, that's search and rescue patterns, but didn't see any survivors.