On April 20th 2011, the one year anniversary of the BP rig explosion, gCaptain was honored to conduct video interviews with many survivors of the Deepwater Horizon. Today’s interview is with Senior Dynamic Positioning operator Yancy Keplinger the rig’s most veteran watchstander on duty at the time of the incident.
Yancy, along with 3rd Mate Andrea Fleytas, the 23 year old California Maritime Academy graduate, are considered heros for the calm and collected action taken in managing the emergency from the bridge. In order to continue Mayday broadcasts and supervise evacuation of the crew Yancy and Andrea, at great risk to themselves, remained on the bridge after the last lifeboats and life-rafts had departed the rig.
Yancy was the last person to depart the rig which left him with just one choice… to jump.
This must see interview is important because Yancy describes both his experiences and his outlook on changes the industry needs to make to ensure the safety of offshore workers in the future. Please use the “Email” button below to send this video to decision makers in the maritime and offshore industries.
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