Another Oil Rig Explodes, Gumby Suits Save Lives
Sep 2, 2010
As reported by the Associated Press in the Chicago Tribune, the Coast Guard praised the 13 workers on the oil rig that exploded off the coast of Louisiana Thursday for having the presence of mind to put on their Gumby suits. All 13 workers survived.
"These guys had the presence of mind, used their training to get into those gumby suits before they entered the water. It speaks volumes to safety training and the importance of it because, beyond getting off the rig, there's all the hazards of the water such as hypothermia," Coast Guard spokesman Chief Petty Officer John Edwards said.