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Wife Fears Husband Died in Oil Rig Explosion

NEW ORLEANS (CN) - The wife of a worker missing in an oil rig explosion sued his employers, saying she believes he "suffered severe and painful injuries and is feared dead, as his body has not been located." Eleven people are missing and 17 were injured, four critically, when the Deepwater Horizon drilling vessel exploded Tuesday night in the Gulf of Mexico.

Natalie Roshto sued Transocean Ltd. and BP in Federal Court. Her husband Shane is or was a roustabout on the Deepwater Horizon.

The explosion, 50 miles southeast of Venice, La., blew crew members overboard. Natalie Roshto says her husband "thrown overboard by the force of the drilling explosion, and his body has not yet been located."

She blames Transocean and BP, claiming they violated "numerous statutes and regulations, including, but not limited to, statutes and regulations issued by OSHA and the United States Coast Guard."

Natalie Roshto says, "she is distraught as she does not know whether or not her husband is alive, and [she] is currently suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and other injuries."

Hope for the 11 missing crewmembers dimmed Thursday, as the survivors, if any, would have had to withstand two days in the water. Rescue crews searched nearly 2,000 square miles, according to the Washington Post. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that the "survivability period" expired at 3 p.m. Thursday, but rescue crews kept searching.

Natalie Roshto seeks damages for negligence, lest earnings, pain and suffering, loss of consortium and other charges.

She is represented in Federal Court by Scott Bickford.

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