JUST IN: Coast Guard says fire extinguished at Gulf of Mexico oil rig where platform exploded
not again Two Dead, Two Missing in Fire on Oil Rig in Gulf
WEST COTE BLANCHE, La. (CBSDC/AP) — Coast Guard officials say an oil rig has exploded off the coast of Louisiana, killing two people and sending four others to the hospital. 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.
Citing a report from the Coast Guard, WWL-TV was first to report the deaths. The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.
There was no immediate word if any oil had spilled from the platform. Coast Guard Capt. Peter Gautier told WWL TV that 28 people were believed to be aboard the rig. Gautier said the platform was not actively producing oil and it is not believed there is any chance for a major environmental disaster.