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Bay city reacts to news of missing oil worker

By adriana_acosta
April 22, 2010 at 7:03 p.m.
Updated April 21, 2010 at 11:22 p.m.


BAY CITY - Prayers circulating this small community center on Jason Anderson, a Bay City native who went missing Tuesday after an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

The news came as a shock to Simon DeSoto, a close family friend who attended Anderson's wedding a few years ago.

Now those happy times are overshadowed with thoughts and worries about his friends' whereabouts.

Anderson, a father of two, is one of 11 workers reported missing from the Tuesday morning explosion. Anderson worked on a rig owned by Transocean, an offshore drilling contractor.

"This is not easy for anyone. The family is doing its best," DeSoto said. "He is good Christian man who loves his family dearly."

Anderson's family declined comment.

Family and friends continue to believe that God has a better plan for Anderson, and that includes his safe return home, DeSoto said.

"We still believe he is coming home safely," he said.

Community Reaction

The community's reaction to the news has been disbelief.

"We are just saying prayers as fast as we can say them," said Lisa Morales, owner of Main Street Coffee shop.

Although Morales does not know Anderson, her heart goes out to the family, she said.

"I am a parent and a wife and it has to be very tough. I can't imagine what they are going through," she said.

Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald, who has only met Anderson a few times, said the missing oil rig worker is a fine young man.

All that can be done is to ask for God's blessing and hope for a miracle that he turns up, said McDonald.

"You hate for something like this to ever happen to a family," he said. "It is a gut-wrenching feeling to get a call and hear the news. It's the worst day of your life."

For now, DeSoto remains positive and stays strong for the family, he said. Rescue workers continued on Thursday night their search for the missing 11.

"I get down," said DeSoto as he fought tears. "I have a safe belief that he is coming back to us. I'm going to have the faith."

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