Oil Rig Explodes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GRAND ISLE, La. -- The Coast Guard says no one has been killed in an explosion and fire on an offshore petroleum platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
All 13 people aboard the rig have been accounted for, with one injury. The extent of the injury isn't known.
The Coast Guard says some of the people from the rig were spotted in emergency flotation devices.
Today's explosion happened about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay along the central Louisiana coast. That's west of the site of the April explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig leased by BP that caused the massive oil spill.
Authorities don't know whether any oil is leaking from this site.
The Department of Homeland Security says the platform is in about 2,500 feet of water. DHS says it's owned by Mariner Energy of Houston and wasn't producing oil and gas.
Seven Coast Guard helicopters, two airplanes and three cutters were dispatched to the scene from New Orleans, Houston and Mobile, Ala.


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