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On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, igniting massive fireballs that put the crew on full alert that their lives were in danger. Chief electronics technician Mike Williams and his colleagues found themselves fighting for survival as the heat and the flames became overwhelming. It wasn’t long after the initial explosion that crew member Jimmy Harrell, the crew boss and offshore installation manager, is called to the floating drilling platform. Many of the workers on board sensed something was wrong. BP’s Donald Vidrine, one of the BP Swiss Company’s owners, denied there was a problem. Vidrine won’t give in. The explosion Deepwater Horizon was destroyed by an uncontrolled eruption of oil and gas. It was the worst oil spill in U.S. history, and 11 crew members died.

Caleb Halloway was on that rig the night it exploded and changed everyone's life aboard. In this interview he shares what he went through, how it affected and how it changed him.

  Read his personal story