Day of remembrance: 1 year after Gulf oil disaster
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Relatives of the 11 men who died aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig will fly over the Gulf of Mexico, back to the epicenter of the worst offshore oil spill in the nation's history.
Meanwhile, on land, vigils are scheduled Wednesday in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to mark the spill.
On the night of April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, a rig operated by Transocean Ltd., burst into flames as it was drilling a well for BP PLC., killing 11 workers on or near the drilling floor. The rest of the crew evacuated, but two days later the rig toppled into the Gulf and sank to the sea floor.
Over the next 85 days, 206 million gallons of oil spewed from the well.