Today marks 7 years since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 people off the coast of Louisiana. Twenty-eight-year-old Gordon Jones was one of those. His father, Keith Jones, told Jim Engster on Talk Louisiana that dealing with the loss of his son isn’t any easier 7 years later.
“I surround myself with mementoes of Gordon. His picture’s on two of my credit cards. I’m constantly reminded of him,” Jones said.
The film, Deepwater Horizon, documents the tragic events of April 20, 2010. Jones says the producers met with him before filming to learn more about his son, like his love for golf. He says Gordon’s big scene is when he gives a fossil to Mark Wahlberg, but he was also honored in another small tribute.
“In a little transition scene, they take a shot of the rig from some distance, and you see various guys on the rig doing things. Right in the middle is a guy in a red jumpsuit practicing his golf swing,” Jones said.
Jones says unfortunately, this kind of tragedy could happen again. He says there were lots of protections against blowouts on the Deepwater Horizon, but greed caused BP officials to strip those protections away in an effort to save money.
“As long as guys that make these decisions at their computers in Houston get yearend bonuses, there will be motivation to make these bad decisions,” Jones said.
Gordon’s wife, Michelle, was due to have their child, Max, just weeks after Gordon was supposed to come home. Jones says Michelle has since remarried, and they live now in the same subdivision as Jones, so the family can stay together.