Coast Guard Calls Off Search for Survivors of Deepwater Horizon Explosion

Rescuers are prepared to call off the search today for the 11 missing crew members of the sunken oil rig off the Louisiana coast, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Meanwhile, crews working to contain any environmental damage got good news from the Coast Guard this morning: The rig does not appear to be leaking oil from the ocean floor, the AP reports.

Three days after an explosion on an oil rig off the southeast coast of Louisiana, an environmental disaster has been at least temporarily forestalled, but the search for 11 missing workers has ended, the Coast Guard said Friday evening.

Hope for survivors dimmed Thursday as some of the 115 rescued crew members said the missing workers may have been near the Tuesday night explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig about 45 miles southeast of the Mississippi River's mouth, said Rear Adm. Mary Landry, commander of the Coast Guard's 8th District.