Coast Guard: Gulf rig fire sends 4 to hospitals

Coast Guard: Gulf rig fire sends 4 to hospitals

CREATED Nov. 16, 2012

WEST COTE BLANCHE, La. (AP) -- Coast Guard officials say an oil rig has exploded off the coast of Louisiana, sending four people to hospitals. Two are believed to be missing.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, did not immediately have information on the conditions of those taken to hospitals.

The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.

Lally says two helicopters, an airplane and small boats were sent to the area on Friday. He did not know if the fire caused by the explosion had been put out yet.

The platform is a production platform, unlike the Deepwater Horizon rig, which was drilling an exploratory well in mile-deep water well to the east of Friday's reported explosion.
 

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WEST COTE BLANCHE, La. (AP) -- Coast Guard officials say they are investigating a fire at an oil drilling platform off the coast of Louisiana.

A parish officials says the rig is not drilling at a deepwater site like the Macondo well that blew out in 2010. That blowout led to an explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts tells WWL-TV that the platform is a shallow water platform in the Gulf of Mexico. It is near West Cote Blanche Bay, south of New Iberia on the south-central Louisiana coast.

The Coast Guard says it has activated a command center to investigate the fire.

The size of the fire was not immediately clear, nor was it known if there were any injuries.
 

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