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Old 07-26-2011, 09:27 AM   #1276
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:43 PM   #1277
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I'll stop jacking your thread. You have a REAL build going on here!

So does that make you a Jack Off ??

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So let's see some update rollcage pics. Do you get back tomorrow?
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Old 07-28-2011, 05:18 PM   #1278
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He's still on the rig and floating it back. End of August he was predicting.
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:12 AM   #1279
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He's still on the rig and floating it back. End of August he was predicting.
That's all changed, I have been in the hospital in rio all night... I'm cut up and beat up and looking at knee surgery AGAIN... Three of us were down on the pontoon changing the tow bridle when an unusually large wave struck and washed us off the rig. Two of us went under the rig into the agitator cycle and got beat half to death... We are tentatively scheduled to fly back to the states tonight... Several million lbs of steel hitting you on the head and driving you 20 or so feet under water several times sux..... We are very very fortunate to still be amongst the living... Those of you that have met me, think about me floating in rough seas, no remaining hard hat, and a red halo of blood on top of my head... Barnacles and steel hurt...
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:34 AM   #1280
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:42 AM   #1281
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Holy $hit!!!
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:08 AM   #1282
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Damn! Get well!
Thanks Em, they just drained lots of fluid off my knee, and immobilized it... We will be heading to the airport in a little while, day room, and should fly out tonight.....

Garcmol, that's what I said right before the wave hit... I had a double handful death grip on a rope we had tied off, and I might as well have dove off for all the good that did me.... Fifteen foot waves laugh at us mere mortals... The bow of the rig was going down with wave action, and this freak wave got us... The next statement after holy shooooooooot, to quote Tag, was holy F%^#... Then my next thought was having company reps go to my house and tell my wife what happened the day after my tenth anniversary...

I've cried in relief, and laughed about parts of it... Trying to relieve the stress of it and how close it was...
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:32 AM   #1283
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Yeah, hitting someone with a bucket of water can knock them on their ass. 15' wave? Well, hands are only so strong. Happy your still here and no one's knocking on the door back home.
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:36 AM   #1284
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That's all changed, I have been in the hospital in rio all night... I'm cut up and beat up and looking at knee surgery AGAIN... Three of us were down on the pontoon changing the tow bridle when an unusually large wave struck and washed us off the rig. Two of us went under the rig into the agitator cycle and got beat half to death... We are tentatively scheduled to fly back to the states tonight... Several million lbs of steel hitting you on the head and driving you 20 or so feet under water several times sux..... We are very very fortunate to still be amongst the living... Those of you that have met me, think about me floating in rough seas, no remaining hard hat, and a red halo of blood on top of my head... Barnacles and steel hurt...
Ouch! Glad you're OK...go home and get better.
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Old 07-29-2011, 10:30 AM   #1285
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Robert, It is good to hear you are OK. You have a very dangerus job and it manifested itself this time.

I shutter to think what was going through your mind while under water.

Just glad you are OK.
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Old 07-29-2011, 10:52 AM   #1286
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Old 07-29-2011, 10:54 AM   #1287
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Wow that had to be scary as hell glad your doing ok get better soon!!!!
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:48 AM   #1288
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Thanks Em, they just drained lots of fluid off my knee, and immobilized it... We will be heading to the airport in a little while, day room, and should fly out tonight.....

Garcmol, that's what I said right before the wave hit... I had a double handful death grip on a rope we had tied off, and I might as well have dove off for all the good that did me.... Fifteen foot waves laugh at us mere mortals... The bow of the rig was going down with wave action, and this freak wave got us... The next statement after holy shooooooooot, to quote Tag, was holy F%^#... Then my next thought was having company reps go to my house and tell my wife what happened the day after my tenth anniversary...

I've cried in relief, and laughed about parts of it... Trying to relieve the stress of it and how close it was...

R -

Above and beyond everything else I am glad that you are OK. This could have ended in a much worse scenario. That being said I hope you are feeling better. An event like that makes you rethink your priorities. When you have Sea State 6 or better, that is some scary stuff.

Anyway, take it easy and give yourself some "down" time to heal.

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Old 07-29-2011, 11:57 AM   #1289
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Holly Shit Buddy, That's scary stuff. So glad to hear you are all safe and sound.

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Old 07-29-2011, 12:07 PM   #1290
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.... We are very very fortunate to still be amongst the living...
Glad you made it out safely...
Was your knee the worst of it?
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Robert glad to hear that you are OK. Hope everyone else that got hit by the wave is doing fine to.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:06 PM   #1293
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Thanks for the well wishes everyone... I'm at the airport in rio waiting for my flight, and the other guy with me that got hurt is here as well... It was serious, but we have maintained a good attitude, and we are both thankful to be alive...

He has two herniated disc in his lower back, and I have torn ligaments in my left knee. I'm not sure how serious it is yet, but my wife has been in contact with the best knee doctor in Austin. One of the perks of being a university athletic director... The doc told her he would work me in Monday... I'll keep you guys informed, but it's not anything medically I haven't been through before...it's amazing how many places on a persons body that can hurt...

I'll be fine, it'll just take time and modern medicine to heal....
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:11 PM   #1294
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Good to hear. Have a safe trip home and hope everything goes well.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:47 PM   #1295
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Thanks for the well wishes everyone... I'm at the airport in rio waiting for my flight, and the other guy with me that got hurt is here as well... It was serious, but we have maintained a good attitude, and we are both thankful to be alive...

He has two herniated disc in his lower back, and I have torn ligaments in my left knee. I'm not sure how serious it is yet, but my wife has been in contact with the best knee doctor in Austin. One of the perks of being a university athletic director... The doc told her he would work me in Monday... I'll keep you guys informed, but it's not anything medically I haven't been through before...it's amazing how many places on a persons body that can hurt...

I'll be fine, it'll just take time and modern medicine to heal....
So now your on Workers Compensation pay until your knee is fixed?

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Old 07-30-2011, 02:22 AM   #1296
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Wow, man...totally nuts.

Glad you are okay, but sheesh man....
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:46 AM   #1297
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Duuuude, get well soon man! Best wishes, glad you made it through alive!
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Thats one way to get time off homeboy, glad you're ok (left knee huh) is your car clutch or automatic get well soon you have a cage to test out here shortly.
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Lil injury update,

I'm home at last. Debbie picked me up at the airport in Austin this morning and I requested we go to the local hospital here in my home town to let a doctor look at the wounds to see if they needed debriding or whatnot...

There were some beginning indications of infection so, I got a tetanus shot, and they cleaned the wounds and put me on a strong antibiotic... I'll see the ortho surgeon on Monday and learn more then...

Doug, it was totally nuts... I do not recommend swimming under a multi million lb rig to anyone...

Bryan,

The rig will pay me regular wages until the end of my normal hitch which is Monday, and then yes, at the start of my next hitch I'll probably be on workmans comp at 50%. The thing is, with my company, and I dont know if this is standard, but when I got back to work, they give me a one time check to make up the lost difference.

My wife spoke with Claims Friday and the guy is jam up... he told us to ask for or let him know whatever we need... I wonder if he would buy my nine inch diff kit???

Seriously, I work for an excellant company when it comes to taking care of the employees...
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Thats one way to get time off homeboy, glad you're ok (left knee huh) is your car clutch or automatic get well soon you have a cage to test out here shortly.
It's a manual 6 and so I wont be able to drive her for a while... My son has offered to drive me down to New Braunfels to the shop sometime next week to see the gang and the car... If I can manage it, and there is room in the shop for me, I may start tearing down the interior... It's up in the air right now though... But, I'll be posting pics with descriptions soon...
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