Oil rig suffers blowout in McFaddin
Nov. 11, 2015 at 11:32 a.m.
Updated Nov. 11, 2015 at 11:32 a.m.
MCFADDIN- One man was seriously injured on an oil rig in McFaddin Wednesday morning when it suffered a blowout, according to Victoria Fire Battalion Chief Roger Hempel.
The man was working in the derrick on a rig operated by Corpus Christi-based Arrow Drilling Company. Witnesses on the scene said that mud began shooting out of the hole they were working on, causing workers to flee the rig.
The blowout was reported to have been stopped within minutes. Hempel said that the fire department got the call at 9:22 a.m., and that the derrickman was injured and stuck in the derrick. It took at least an hour to get proper responders into the derrick to move the man to the ground.
The injured man was transported to DeTar Hospital and his identity has not been released. Hempel said that the man was in serious but stable condition.
A representative from Arrow Drilling has declined to comment on the situation.