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The pictures to the right are split up by current active rig locations and tornado activity.
Cactus Rig Disaster
EL RENO, Oklahoma
First responders responded to a Cimarex oil/gas production rig near the Highway 270 and Interstate 40 intersection that was damaged by a large tornado. No one was injured when the Cimarex-operated rig was hit by Tuesday’s tornado, said Steve Bell, the company’s senior vice president. He said the rig, owned by Oklahoma City’s Cactus Drilling Co., was evacuated before the tornado hit.
May 24th, 2011 Cactus Rig 117 drilling for Cimarex near El Reno Oklahoma suffered a direct hit by a tornado, these are images of the aftermath. The rig was circulating @ 17,000' with 5" Drill Pipe in the hole when the tornado struck.
The storm was responsible for 10 deaths state wide-but none being reported of any rig workers so I believe everyone survived on this Cactus rig by making it in to the changehouse in time.
"There were no deaths or injuries on Cactus 117. All hands are accounted for. That rig was demolished by the tornado and there are pics of it posted all over. We thought same thing until confirmed with company man that there were no deaths or injuries on 117. "
"That was the only rig hit in that tornado all hands and third party hands 2 company men made it to change house but 1 he rode it out in a conex box that was not tied down must have been a wild ride it landed on my car 50 feet away it took an hour to find him but he was alright"
"My husband works for cactus and he was told all the hands were accounted for and okay but when they came out of the change house where they rode out the storm they found a woman's body on location"
Cactus Rig Damage