Deepwater Asgard Lawyers
Crew Members Left in the Path of Hurricane Zeta Deserve Answers
In October of 2020, Hurricane Zeta was making its way toward the Gulf Coast. Directly in its path was the Deepwater Asgard. Despite being aware of the approaching danger and appeals from the crew to leave, the companies in charge of the drilling rig declined to allow it to move out of the storm’s path. This meant that the crew was left to the mercy of Mother Nature as the storm battered Deepwater Asgard.
What the crew of this vessel had to endure wasn’t just dangerous—it was cruel.
No companies should place their employees in direct danger. Profits are never worth risking lives, and they’re certainly not worth ignoring common sense. If you were on the Deepwater Asgard as she struggled in the conditions brought by Hurricane Zeta, helps is available. Arnold & Itkin is already representing multiple crew members who were present on the rig that day. We’re fighting to demand answers for the physical and emotional injuries that they suffered that day. We’re ready to do the same for you.
Call our Deepwater Asgard attorneys today at (888) 493-1629 to find out more about your options. A consultation is free, completely confidential, and comes with no obligations.
What Happened on the Deepwater Asgard During Hurricane Zeta
As Hurricane Zeta approached the Gulf Coast, the captain of Deepwater Asgard started the process of leaving the path of the storm. Despite warnings that Zeta—then a tropical storm—was gathering strength, suits onshore ordered the drilling rig to remain where it was. As conditions worsened, Asgard’s captain finally gave the orders to detach it from its well and flee "with no destination in mind." However, it was too late. Hurricane Zeta started to batter the drilling rig, causing it to take on water at one point. Multiple workers sustained injuries, and many of them sustained emotional trauma that forced them to question if they can continue working offshore.
“They lost power to some of the thrusters and didn’t have complete control at that point. So, you’re really getting tossed around in a hurricane. It’s a very, very serious and very scary situation to be in when you don’t have control of your ship and you’ve got a storm that you’re right in the middle of like that.” - Caj Boatright
What happened to the Deepwater Asgard is not unlike the El Faro. In 2015, this cargo ship sailed into a storm, causing it to sink. Had the El Faro’s operator had more concern for its employees, it could have sent them around the storm. In the case of the Deepwater Asgard, only blind luck stopped it from being a similar tragedy.