Oil rig workers reunite with their families

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captureKENNER – Still in his orange jumpsuit and with his family by his side, a rescued oil rig worker walks out of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kenner Thursday morning.

He and around 90 other crew members arrived at Port Fourchon after spending hours on a rescue boat at sea. Friends and family anxiously awaited their loved ones return.

“It’s been a long day. We’ve been waiting with little information,” said Jeff Rauls. He drove from Arkansas to meet his friend, who works on the rig.

The workers evacuated a burning oil rig around 52 miles southeast of Venice. Once back on land, a convoy of evacuees headed two hours up the road to Kenner, where they’ll stay as the investigation into the explosion continues.