July 19th, 2010
12:20 PM ET

Fishing trip becomes nightmare for Gulf fire's first responders

CNN Staff

Program Note: This story, written by CNN's Ashley Fantz, is based on an exclusive Anderson Cooper interview airing on "AC360°" Monday night at 10pm ET

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/19/p1012105.copy.jpg caption="Three friends were fishing 18 miles from the Deepwater Horizon on April 20 " width=300 height=169]

The three friends pointed the nose of their 31-foot boat in the direction of the best fishing, near the oil rigs off the Louisiana coast.

It was April 20, a beautiful, calm morning. They caught a netfull. Hours passed into darkness. At around 9:45 p.m., they looked out and saw what appeared, at first, like a flare. Bradley Shivers grabbed his binoculars.

"Man, this doesn't look right," he said to his buddies Scott Russell and Mark Mead.

Shivers then reached for the boat's radio to phone another rig.

But then, over the airwaves: "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday! This is the Deepwater Horizon! We are on fire! We are abandoning the rig!"

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  1. alisa loves florida

    day 91 of the gulf event...retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said early Monday that the company promised to watch closely for signs of new leaks around the mile-deep well, which has stopped gushing oil into the water since the experimental cap was closed ....and he believes that?

    July 19, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  2. Isabel Siaba

    The day April 20, 2010 will certainly mark the biggest ecological disaster of all time

    The issue of security, protection and mitigation of the effects of pollutants must be evaluated to ensure the prevention of potential accidents or events predicted. That is, act in a predictive and active, and not passive in the matter of security.

    We need to have assurances that will not happen even something similar in the future.

    July 19, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  3. Isabel Siaba

    I'll be looking forward this interview. It seems to be very interesting.

    July 19, 2010 at 1:06 pm |

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