Survivors of Tuesday's oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico were back on land early Thursday. Roughly 100 of them were united with their families at a New Orleans, La. hotel early Thursday morning.
Helicopters plucked 17 injured survivors from life boats in the Gulf Wednesday. They are recovering at Louisiana hospitals, while the U.S. Coast Guard continues searching the waters for any signs of the 11 workers.
The explosion ripped through the Deepwater Horizon and sent 126 people into the water Tuesday.
Fire boats are still struggling to get the blaze under control. And it has been an emotional couple of days for Louisiana families with ties to people who were aboard the oil platform.
"Concern, upset, worried, every emotion other than joy," oil platform caterer Brenda Hinge said.
The heavily damaged rig now sits in 5,000 feet of water. But crews are on standby in case of an unexpected major oil spill.