Eleven Transported to Hospitals After Rig Fire in Gulf, Two Missing
Description: A production platform went up in flames in shallow water in the Gulf of Mexico, southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana. Four workers suffered severe burns. They have been transported to the Burn Center at the Baton Rouge General Hospital. Seven others sustained less serious burns and injures. Two are still missing and nine others escaped without injury. An extensive search is underway for the missing workers.
Crew members were reportedly using a torch to cut a 3-inch line when the explosion occurred. There was reportedly about 28 gallons of some kind of product running through the line. The fire has been extinguished.
The platform is reportedly owned by Black Elk Energy, a company based in Texas. Fourteen of the people on the rig worked for Louisiana based company, Grand Isle Shipyard. The tragedy occurred on a platform about 25 miles southeast of Grand, Isle.
The Coast Guard's first press conference on the tragedy is available on KATC Television's website.
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