Black Elk Energy oil rig explosion: two feared dead, two more missing
Two people are feared dead and two more are missing after an explosion on an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana, the US coast guard said on Friday.
Four other workers were injured in the resulting fire on the Black Elk Energy rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
Lieutenant Commander Solomon Thompson, from coast guard sector New Orleans, said four people were unaccounted for following the fire. The coast guard was trying to confirm a report that two of the four were dead, Thompson said. Two others are described as missing.
There were "approximately 26 people" onboard the platform on Thursday night, Thompson said.