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[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.1133]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "RIG COLLAPSES--The Topper I, an offshore oil drilling platform with 42 men aboard, capsizes in the Gulf of Mexico off Port Lavaca, Texas, Tuesday, dumping 42 crewmen aboard into the 55-degree water. All 42 were rescued. The rig owned by Zapata Offshore Corp., is resting in about 60 feet of water. One leg of the three-legged rig is all that is visible above water."
Date: February 6, 1980
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society