Oil Rig Explosion Platform Exploded And Burned Off The Louisiana Coast

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The US Coast Guard said. All 13 rig workers abandoning the rig and were floating together near the well when rescued, Coast Guard Captain Peter Troedsson told reporters.The workers were taken to a local hospital for examination,though no one was seriously injured, Troedsson said. The rig's owner, Mariner Energy, initially reported an oil sheen near the rig about 145 km south of Vermillion Bay on Louisiana's coast, but Throedsson said there was now no evidence that any oil had leaked into the water.

The company that owns the platform, Houston-based Mariner Energy, did not know what caused the fire. Workers who were pulled from the water told rescuers that there was a blast on board, but Mariner Energy's Patrick Cassidy said he considered what happened aboard the platform a fire, not an explosion.Mariner officials said there were seven active production wells on the platform, and they were shut down shortly before the fire broke out.

The Crystal Clear, a 110-foot boat, was in the Gulf doing routine maintenance work on oil rigs and platforms. When Capt. Dan Shaw arrived at the scene of the blast, the workers were holding hands in the water, where they had been for two hours. They were thirsty and tired."We gave them soda and water, anything they wanted to drink," Shaw said. "They were just glad to be on board with us." the flow of oil at a different spot below the blowout preventer; and building underwater domes that would contain the rising plume of oil and allow it to be pumped to separate storage tanks for disposal.

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