Gulf oil rig explosion a painful reminder of 2010 BP incident

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Nov. 16, 2012 at 5:16 a.m.
Updated Nov. 17, 2012 at 5:17 a.m.

The phone rang before the crack of dawn at Nelda Winslette's Yorktown home that April 2010 morning.

Her grandson, Adam Weise, who will forever be 24, was missing - lost amid the fiery wreckage of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

The hours seemed like days, the minutes, like weeks and the seconds, even longer than that. It was not until late that afternoon they learned Weise had been killed along with 10 others.

The pain has never left, but on Friday morning, all those feelings resurfaced with the news of another oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana, this time, it was a rig owned by Black Elk Energy.

"It's just the waiting to know," Winslette said about not knowing what happened to your loved one. "You don't really want to accept it. You think maybe there was a mistake. Maybe he is still somewhere out there."

Weise was not the only oil rig worker from the Crossroads area killed in the explosion. Jason Anderson, 35, of Midfield, was also killed in the explosion. Attempts to reach his family Friday were unsuccessful.

Winslette said she speaks for everyone when saying she fully understands what the families are going through. Eventually you live through the memories, she said.

"This is just terrible," she said. "My heart goes out to them."



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