June 3rd, 2010
10:53 AM ET

Fisherman's wife breaks the silence

Elizabeth Cohen
CNN Senior Medical Correspondent

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://www.cnn.com/video/health/2010/06/02/cohen.fisherman.sick.oil.cnn.640×480.jpg caption="Kindra Arneson believes her husband, other shrimpers were sickened by oil disaster cleanup" width=300 height=169]

Kindra Arnesen's husband often calls while he's out on a shrimping trip, so she wasn't surprised to hear her cell phone ring the night of April 29 while he was on an overnight fishing expedition.

However, this time, her husband, David, wasn't calling to tell her about the day's catch or to wish their children Aleena and David Jr. a good night. He was calling to tell her he was sick, and the strange thing about it, so were men on the seven other shrimping boats working near his.

"I received several calls from him saying, 'This one's hanging over the boat throwing up. This one says he's dizzy, and he's feeling faint. Everybody's loading up their stuff, tying up their rigs and going back to the docks,'" Arnesen remembers.

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  1. Denise

    As feared, the effects of this oil spill is affecting not only the enviorment and the wildlife. It's affecting the people who live in the area as well. How much more are we going to be made to suffer before it ends. I am afraid it's too late.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm |