BP's Tony Hayward Spends Day at Yacht Race

The gaffe-prone CEO causes another PR kerfuffle
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2010 12:32 PM CDT
The sun rises before the start of JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race in England. Tony Hayward's yacht is at left.   (AP Photo/Chris Ison, PA)
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(Newser) – The Internet is awash in "getting his life back" jokes. A day after being relieved of day-to-day duties on the Gulf spill, BP CEO Tony Hayward jetted overseas to watch his yacht (named "Bob") compete in a swank race off the coast of England, reports AP. As Twitter lights up, BP is trying to navigate another PR minefield by pointing out that it's his first break since the oil rig explosion.

"He's spending a few hours with his family at a weekend," says a BP spokesman. "I'm sure that everyone would understand that. He will be back to deal with the response. It doesn't detract from that at all." (Read more Gulf oil spill stories.)

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