3 from Miss. among missing
Jimmie E. Gates • email@example.com •
April 23, 2010
At least three Mississippians are among the 11
missing after Tuesday's oil rig explosion in the Gulf
of Mexico, and a fourth might have survived.
Dewey Revette, 48, of State Line; Aaron Dale
Burkeen, 37, of the Sandtown community near
Philadelphia; and Shane Roshto, 22, of Liberty, were
not accounted for Thursday evening, more than two
days after the rig exploded 41 miles off the
"All we can do is pray," said Sheryl Revette, who is
waiting at the couple's home for news about her
Randy Ezell of Jayess is believed to have survived
During a Thursday afternoon news conference,
Coast Guard and company officials said the rescue
mission was ongoing but cautioned they would
search for 12 more hours before assuming the
missing are dead.
Sheryl Revette hasn't given up hope.
"They're still searching," she said of her husband,
who has worked on oil rigs for 29 years.
"You always worry, but you worry even in your own
front yard," she said.
She said she planned to go to Louisiana until she
heard her husband was one of the missing crew
members. "When we hear more news, we will head
that way," she said.
Sheryl Revette said she last talked to her husband
Monday night. She said she missed his call
Tuesday, and he was scheduled to come home
State Line, a town of 555, borders Alabama in
Rhonda Burkeen said Thursday her family was
getting hourly updates from authorities. She said
her husband, the father of two children, was a crane
operator on the rig.
While the search continued Thursday, the football
field-sized structure collapsed and sank into the
Gulf, creating environmental concerns.
There were 126 crew members aboard the rig. It's
confirmed that 115 survived, but 17 of those are
injured including four who were listed in critical
"The cause of the fire and explosion is unknown at
this time. An investigation into the cause of the
incident and assessment of the damage will be
ongoing in the days or weeks to come," Transocean
spokesman Guy Cantwell told The Clarion-Ledger in
a statement Thursday.
Most of the crew members are employed by
Transocean Ltd. Of the missing crew, nine are
Transocean employees and two are contract
employees, according to company officials.
Cantwell said Thursday that he did not have the
Advertisement breakdown on the number of Mississippians among
the missing. There could be others.
According to published reports, a lawsuit was filed
Thursday in New Orleans on behalf of Shane
Roshto, accusing BP and Transocean of negligence.
The lawsuit says Roshto is feared dead.
His last MySpace entry was Monday when he said
"Chillin out on the rig ... Ready to go home but
gonna work over on the stack ... Missin Nat and
On the page, Roshto said he is from Central, La., but
moved to Liberty, a town of 633 in the southwest
corner of the state, as a high school freshman.
Roshto's webpage said he met his wife, Natalie,
when he was a high school junior. They have one
Roshto was alternating two weeks a month at home
and two weeks on the oil rig, the webpage said.
Ezell, of Jayess, an unincorporated community in
south Mississippi, also was on the oil rig. His wife,
Dora, reportedly had received word that he was
saved. She left a message on their home phone
voicemail for him to call her cell phone.
"Thank God. You're alive," Dora Ezell said on the
message. "We're heading to meet you." http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100423/NEWS/4230348