Oil Rig Catches Fire In Gulf Of Mexico

Four offshore supply vessels extinguish a fire on an oil production platform fire near Grand Isle, Louisiana, January 5, 2017. There were four people aboard the platform who evacuated into the water and were recovered by the offshore supply vessel Mary Wyatt Milano. There were no reported injuries.

(Coast Guard imagery courtesy of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile)
Four offshore supply vessels extinguish a fire on an oil production platform fire near Grand Isle, Louisiana, January 5, 2017. There were four people aboard the platform who evacuated into the water and were recovered by the offshore supply vessel Mary Wyatt Milano. There were no reported injuries. (Coast Guard imagery courtesy of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile)

UPDATE (10:30 a.m.) – The Coast Guard says a fire that broke out on a platform in the Gulf of Mexico has been extinguished.

Chief Petty Officer Third Class Travis Magee says there are no signs of pollution in the area where the fire broke out early Thursday on a platform owned by Houston-based Renaissance Offshore LLC.

Four offshore supply vessels extinguish a fire on an oil production platform fire near Grand Isle, Louisiana, January 5, 2017. There were four people aboard the platform who evacuated into the water and were recovered by the offshore supply vessel Mary Wyatt Milano. There were no reported injuries. (Coast Guard imagery courtesy of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile)
Four offshore supply vessels extinguish a fire on an oil production platform fire near Grand Isle, Louisiana, January 5, 2017. 
(Coast Guard imagery courtesy of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile)
Four offshore supply vessels extinguish a fire on an oil production platform fire near Grand Isle, Louisiana, January 5, 2017. There were four people aboard the platform who evacuated into the water and were recovered by the offshore supply vessel Mary Wyatt Milano. There were no reported injuries. (Coast Guard imagery courtesy of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile)

(Coast Guard imagery courtesy of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile)

 

Magee and Renaissance spokesman Oliver Marsh say four workers were safely evacuated from the oil production platform after the fire broke out about 2:30 a.m. A Coast Guard statement says the fire was extinguished about 6:15 a.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The platform is about 80 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The Coast Guard says it’s responding to a fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.

A Coast Guard news release says the fire was reported around 2:30 a.m. Thursday on an oil platform about 80 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana.

The Coast Guard says four people aboard the platform evacuated and were rescued by a supply vessel. No injuries have been reported.

Four vessels are fighting the fire and the cause is under investigation.

An oil platform exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, killing 11 workers. Millions of gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf for weeks before the oil well could be capped.

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