Carola Hoyos Venezuelan gas rig sinks, president Tweets

A rig drilling for gas in Venezuela sank in the early hours of today. All 95 people on board were saved and there is no risk to the environment, according to Rafael Ramirez, Venezuela’s energy minister.

The Aban Pearl semi submersible rig was working in the Caribbean Sea close to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago and had been visited by Mr Ramirez and Mr Chavez in the past, according to Reuters. It was being operated by Pdvsa, the country’s national oil company, without the help of international partners.

Other than the stark difference to the current disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, this story’s most notable facet may well be the form in which the news was delivered.

Mr Chavez delivered the news: “Con pesar les informo q se hundió la plataforma gasifera Aban Pearl hace pocos momentos. La buena noticia es q los 95 trabajadores a salvo….” by Twitter.

That translates to: “With regret I inform you that the Aban Pearl gas rig has sunk a few moments ago. The good news is that the 95 workers were saved.”