BP trial witness: Training helped prevent more deaths on ill-fated rig

BP trial witness: Training helped prevent more deaths on ill-fated rig

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GULF OF MEXICO - JUNE 25: The Transocean Discoverer Enterprise drillship burns off gas collected at the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana on June 25, 2010. An approaching tropical disturbance may force collecting operations involving ships and other siphoning equipment to be temporarily halted. This may cause oil to flow unchecked from the well until the weather improves and siphoning operations can be restored. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Posted on March 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN  /  Associated Press

   NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A Transocean employee who served as chief mate on the Deepwater Horizon says he believes the rig crew's emergency training saved lives following the 2010 explosion that killed 11 workers and triggered the nation's worst offshore oil spill.
 
   David Young testified Monday at the start of the fifth week of a federal trial designed to identify the causes of BP's well blowout and assign fault to the companies involved.
 
   Young, a witness called by rig owner Transocean, said he believes 115 workers managed to escape the burning rig because they followed their training. He described a harrowing scene as workers scrambled to help injured colleagues get to life rafts and abandon the burning rig.
 
   Young, who was second-in-command to the rig's captain, also defended the Deepwater Horizon's maintenance record.

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