On April 20th 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, operated by Transocean, exploded and 11 men lost their lives. But four months earlier in the North Sea on another Transocean rig, there had been a near miss with eerie similarities. Tragically the lessons from the near miss were not learned.
Using transcripts taken from the National Commission report to the President, we see the dramatic events unfold onboard the Deepwater Horizon on the day of the disaster. We then follow the investigations as they uncover negligence, poor regulation, inadequate maintenance, catastrophic decision making and what the US authorities described as ‘a reckless disregard for safety’.