San Benito man helps clean BP oil spill

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A San Benito man is back from the front lines, but not from Iraq or Afghanistan.

Instead, Joel Rodriguez helped fight the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Oh it's bad, said Rodriguez, I mean you feel something different when you're out there.

Rodriguez described what he felt on board a ship British Petroleum hired to help clean up oil.

His ship was helped to help deploy booms in the water to prevent the oil from reaching the shores of Louisiana and other gulf states.

Rodriguez captured his experience with pictures from a digital camera and shared them with his family and Action 4 News.

"It hurts seeing all that oil, Rodriguez recalled. It really hurts."

Rodriguez said seeing the oil hurt not only his heart but also his eyes.

"Tears and then you start rubbing your eyes, and it gets us, the smell, said Rodriguez.

Despite the tough working environment, Rodriguez said he did his job.

"Just try to pick up a lot of oil, because there was a lot of oil, said Rodriguez, It looks bad."

Rodriguez said he returns to the Gulf of Mexico this coming Tuesday.

He said he TMs not scared, because BP assured him of his safety.

"That's what BP company told us, said Rodriguez, that's the main thing you know safety."

Before heading back, Rodriguez said he TMll spend time with family, sharing memories with his son.

"He keeps telling me is it cold out there?, said Rodriguez.

No it's not cold, said Rodriguez with a chuckle.