Update: Wife says husband is safe, search still underway for others

Courtesy Mark Edwards
Courtesy Mark Edwards
Courtesy Mark Edwards
Courtesy Mark Edwards
Courtesy Mark Edwards
Courtesy Mark Edwards
Courtesy Mark Edwards
Courtesy Mark Edwards
Courtesy Mark Edwards
Courtesy Mark Edwards

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM, WAFB) - A massive oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana left seven workers critically injured and at least 12 others missing Wednesday.

All the workers missing after the explosion are now present and accounted for with only minor injuries reported, according to the Wayne County news. Among them is the husband of tax assessor Debbie Richards.

The wife of a Lamar County man who has been listed as missing says she has been contacted by company officials who say her husband is safe and will return to shore soon.

Officials said earlier today most of the 126 workers on the rig Deepwater Harizon escaped safely after the explosion off the Louisiana coast, but at lease 11 were still missing and two were still hospitalized.

Changes in the situation are unknown at this time.

Pine Belt native, 54-year old Miles Richard Ezell, who was listed among the missing -- but Dora Ezell, of west Hattiesburg says her husband is now safe.

Mr. Ezell received an excellence award as was scheduled to travel to Houston to accept the award. He was eligible to retire in July -- but his wife says he has no plans to retire.

The Ezells have a 13-year-old son, Miles Gipson Ezell.

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