MSNBC reported this hour that two workers involved in the recovery effort of the BP oil disaster have died. Details are sketchy at this time; the network said that two were dead; one was a cleanup worker, one was a ship captain.
A report on MSNBC’s website gives more detail, including the possibility that the ship captain died of a gunshot wound:
Oil was again gushing uncontrollably from the BP spill site on Wednesday after the company was forced to remove the containment cap when a robotic submarine hit a vent. The news came as officials also reported two deaths of people who had been hired for the response effort.[...]
The deaths reported Wednesday were not tied to the containment operation. The Coast Guard said the workers had been involved in cleanup operations did [sic] that their deaths did not appear to be work related.
One death was a boat captain who died of a gunshot wound, a Coast Guard spokesman said. Further details were not immediately available.
More information as it becomes available.
UPDATE: From the Alabama Press Register, more information on the captain dead of a gunshot wound in Fort Morgan, AL:
William Allen Kruse, born 1955, was the captain of The Rookie, a charter fishing boat normally based in Orange Beach, said Deputy Baldwin County Coroner Rod Steade .
Steade said the deckhands were on the docks and heard a gunshot and went back on and found him dead on the “flying bridge.”
“I’m very sorry to announce the death this morning of a captain in the vessel of opportunity program at Fort Morgan, Alabama,” said U.S. Coast Guard Commander Chuck Diorio, a spokesman for the joint information center at the Mobile command post. “Our hearts go out to his family and the Gulf Coast community. There are many facts that need to be determined surrounding this.”
This certainly sounds like a suicide. William Allen Kruse is the 12th person to die from BP’s oil disaster, while we wait to hear details on the 13th later today.
UPDATE 2: Here’s video of National Incident Commander Thad Allen announcing the deaths; in this video, Allen explains that the captain of a “vessel of opportunity” died, and the other worker died in a “swimming” incident.