I thought somebody was outside, cleaning outside my room or something, so I just went back to sleep. And then I heard an explosion, but I didn’t know it was an explosion, I just heard a loud boom.” – Christopher Choy, Deepwater Horizon rig worker
On the night of April 20th the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded setting off one of the biggest environmental disasters in US history.
Of the 127 workers aboard the rig 11 were killed. 23-year-old Christopher Choy survived the explosion though he was forced to leave a crewmate he tried to rescue behind. He says he was pressured to sign paperwork under duress and false pretenses with Transocean, the rig owner, after the explosion stating he was not injured and would not need to be reimbursed for medical treatment which he obviously needs.
Choy shared his experience with the PBS NewsHour and National Public Radio. Here’s the video below.