For a long time after the disaster, Mike Williams was haunted by the sound of helicopters.
On the night of April 20, 2010, Williams, the chief electronics technician on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, barely survived a devastating blowout that claimed the lives of 11 of his co-workers. Trapped on the burning rig after a series of explosions, badly injured, Williams leaped nearly 10 stories into the Gulf of Mexico and was eventually medevaced to safety by a Coast Guard helicopter.
For months afterward, just hearing the whirring of helicopter blades would bring traumatic memories back.
“I had this deathly fear of helicopters...