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Oil Rig Explodes Off Louisiana Coast in Gulf of Mexico




Oil Rig Explodes Off Louisiana Coast in Gulf of Mexico

Sep 2, 2010 10:19 AM CDT    WAFB

VERMILION BAY, LA  - The Coast Guard is responding to another oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
13 people were onboard when it exploded and caught fire Thursday morning.
Everyone is accounted for, one injury.

The other workers are in the water in immersion suits.
The rig is located about 90 miles south of Vermilion Bay.

Oil rig explodes off La. coast

Coast Guard responding to reports of people in water
Rescue efforts under way after oil rig explosion in Gulf

GRAND ISLE, LA    Breaking news, Check links for updates.

An offshore oil rig exploded Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Coast Guard was responding to reports of people in the water.
The explosion occurred west of the site of the April BP blast.
the blast was reported by a helicopter company about 9:30 am.
7 helicopters, two airplanes and 4 boats are en route to the site, about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay along the central Louisiana coast.

Uncertain whether the structure is a production platform or a drilling rig or whether workers were aboard.
Smoke was reported but it is unclear whether the rig is still burning.
Crews responding to reports of people in the water.
It is believed there were 13 people on the rig, one was reportedly injured and 12 were OK but not rescued yet.

11:43 am  U.S. Coast Guard said all 13 workers involved in the rig explosion are accounted for.
Coast Choppers are on the way to the site 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay.

[Posted at 11:33 a.m.] An oil rig has exploded 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana, with 12 people overboard and one missing, the Coast Guard said Thursday morning.

Rescue attempts are under way for at least 12 people, Coast Guard spokesman John Edwards told CNN. 13 people were on board the rig total, Edwards said, noting 12 have been accounted for, but one person was missing.

The accident took place 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana on the Vermilion Oil rig 380, which is owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy.
The Coast Guard has multiple helicopters, an airplane and several Coast Guard cutters en route.
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09...-oil-rig-accident-in-gulf/?hpt=T2

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38973757
http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=13089364




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