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Broadcasting from the middle of the Gulf

With the crippled Deepwater Horizon rig looming behind him, NBC's Kerry Sanders broadcast his report live on TODAY from the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.

Doing so was no easy feat.

NBC had to charter a 230-foot vessel named the "Sky Falgout" to carry the crew and a massive satellite truck on an 11-hour voyage to the site of the accident.

"Our goal is to do things that no one else has been able to do," Sanders said on TODAY. "That is to go out to the site of where Deepwater Horizon was and broadcast live to show people what is going on moment by moment."

Watch the following video as Sanders points out the surface activities to try and shut off the well spewing oil thousands of feet below.