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Gulf oil spill: Sickened cleanup workers evacuated

Two crew members from two controlled-burn fleet vessels at the Gulf of Mexico oil spill were evacuated Friday after they started experiencing chest pains, according to the unified command center.

One man, identified only as the master of a fishing support vessel, experienced chest pains as the crew was in search of high-concentration oil areas, a command center statement said. He was transferred to the dive support vessel Premier Explorer, which has emergency medical personnel aboard, the statement said.

A crew member of another vessel also had identical symptoms, and was taken to dive support vessel Sea Fox.

Two other crewmen with seasickness also were transferred to the Premier Explorer.

A medevac helicopter was dispatched to hoist all four crewmen for transfer to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, La., according to the command center.

There were no active burns in the area at the time, and no aerial dispersants have been used within two miles of any vessel or platform, the statement said.

Taslin Alfonzo, a spokeswoman for West Jefferson Medical Center, said two victims arrived Friday night and were washed down in a decontamination area as a precaution, then held overnight for observation.

The status of the other crew members was unclear.

--Geoff Mohan

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As a citizen of Earth., I am distraught over the lack of urgency involving this "MISTAKE". All I hear is a lot of talk and a lot less action. With all the intellect surrounding this problem, the best solutions BP and the Government can come up with, in dealing with the oil spill, has been catastrophic failures. As one comment was made, '..It seem as if their making things up as they go..' The actions dealing with this reminds me of a scene in Armageddon where NASA's best men came up with a parachute idea to allow the solar winds to carry away the meteor. Their lack of urgency may come from the idea that the clean up will be far easier then stopping the leak itself.

Friends, this oil spill is a VERY BIG DEAL. The stopping and clean up of the spill can't come quick enough. The damage has been done. The effects of this is going to affect the whole world. Not just life in the waters, but all life on Earth. Don't be surprised when the unseen comes to the surface. Or when your food and water supply starts to taste a little oily or of chemicals used to clean up the oil. We already see the further affects it's having on the economy. Life will not be the same because of this.

The things in the heavens, the things in the watery deep and the things in the earth are all there for a reason and all have a purpose. I'm I the only one who can tie increased Earth Quacks with the increase in the demand of oil!? Man is the cause of heaven and earths problems, not God. So don't ask God why!, ask greed infested mankind. Technology has made it possible for so many ways to make a car move or to light our way in the night. Robbing the earth of it's minerals is causing mankind's falls. Why can't we all get along and live in peace? Cause one man wants to receive all the credit for solving all of earth's and life's problems. Greed has no heart, only status. It puts no value on life.

Greedy persons, how many souls has to be lost? When will enough be enough?


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