REFILE-Former BP CEO defends sailing during oil spill

(Refiles to add former CEO’s first name on first reference)

LONDON, Nov 9 (BestGrowthStock) – The former chief executive of oil
major BP (BP.L: ) defended his decision to go sailing while one of
its wells was causing the worst-ever U.S. oil spill, saying he
wanted to see his son after three months fighting the leak.

Tony Hayward, in his first interview since stepping down as
BP boss, told British national broadcaster the BBC that he would
probably do the same thing again, despite the fierce criticism
it provoked from the White House and the Gulf of Mexico region,
where the deepsea well was sited.

“I have to confess, at the time I was pretty angry actually.
I hadn’t seen my son for three months. I was on the boat for six
hours … I’m not certain I’d do anything different,” he said.

Hayward had spent most of the previous three months in the
United States trying to stem the spill, during which his series
of gaffes fanned public anger toward what had been, before the
disaster, Europe’s biggest oil company by market value.

The excursion involved a boat race near the Isle of Wight,
which Hayward attended after he was called back to the UK by
BP’s chairman, who felt the company needed to put a new face on
the response effort.

The oil spill followed an explosion on a drilling rig in
April that killed 11 workers.
(Reporting by Tom Bergin; Editing by Will Waterman)

REFILE-Former BP CEO defends sailing during oil spill