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Apr 22, 2010 12:39 PM by Letitia Walker

Lawsuit Filed Following Rig Explosion

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A lawsuit is claiming the companies involved

in an oil platform explosion off the Louisiana coast were

negligent.

The lawsuit was filed in New Orleans on Thursday on behalf of a

Mississippi man who worked on the rig and is one of 11 people still

missing after the blast.

The lawsuit says Shane Roshto, of Amite (Ah-mit) County, Miss.,

was thrown overboard in the Tuesday night explosion and is feared

dead.

The rig is owned by Transocean Ltd. and was under contract to

oil giant BP. Both are defendants in the lawsuit.

A Transocean spokesman did not immediately respond to a request

for comment and BP wouldn't discuss the suit.

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