STATE LINE, MS (WDAM) - Sherri Revette dreads this day in April every year, ever since she was woken up by a family member before the sun rose on April 21, 2010, telling her to turn on the news.
"You just keep watching the news, and then it was where they discussed where the rig had exploded, and the time and all that," she recalled of that morning. "I'm like, he's gone. I knew where he was at that time, and he would be in the drill shack. And I just said, you know, it blew up with him in there."
Revette's husband, Dewey, was a driller for Transocean at the time of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion on April 20, 2010. He worked for the company through ownership changes for nearly 30 years, and he was scheduled to come home to State Line, Miss. the day after the explosion happened.
"If he had come home and then something happened, he'd be racking his brain trying to say, what happened?" Revette said of her husband, who she said placed a great importance on safety on the rig. "I feel for the ones that did survive because they're still living in the nightmare."
Dewey was one of 11 workers killed in the explosion that happened approximately 40 miles southeast of the Louisiana Coast. Sherri said this hole was deeper than anything Transocean had ever attempted, and while she didn't say her husband was fearful, she said he made it clear he would be the last one off if something happened, in order to help his colleagues.
"It was pretty rough," she said. "They had several, what they call, kickbacks, where they have trouble with the hole, but they always kept it under control and kept on going. Something else would happen, and they'd get it again, never dreaming that it'd get them."
Sherri said when Dewey came home to State Line, where they lived and he is originally from, he enjoyed being outdoors and traveling to their camp in Alabama. He never met his three grandsons or the two on the way, but Sherri said he would have enjoyed being their grandfather, introducing them to all the outdoor activities he loved.
"If I have some of them days (sic) where I just don't want to do anything, I don't like the way things are right now.. he'll just say 'Get up, get going. Daylight's burning.'"