BREAKING NEWS: Oil rig explodes in Gulf of Mexico
VERMILION BAY, LA (WAFB) - The Coast Guard is responding to another oil rig
explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
According to the Coast Guard, 13 people were onboard when it exploded and
caught fire Thursday morning.
Everyone is accounted for. Officials are reporting one injury.
The injured worker is being taken to Terrebonne General Medical Center in
The other workers are in the water in immersion suits.
The rig is located about 90 miles south of Vermilion Bay.
Rescue choppers from New Orleans and Houston are responding.
The explosion happened around 9:30 a.m. and as of 10:30 a.m. it was still on
Coast Guard officials said they do not yet know if there is any type of leak
associated with this explosion.
They said there are reports it was not actively producing product, but they
will investigate whether there is any type of environmental impact.
The rig is known as "Vermilion 398."
The rig is owned by Mariner Energy, which is based in Houston, and is in
water about 2,500 feet deep.
The company has an office in Lafayette.
This recent explosion is west of the one that happened on April 20 which
caused a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Gov. Bobby Jindal will hold a news conference in Baton Rouge at the
Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at 12:30 p.m.
on the recent rig incident.
You can watch it LIVE on Cable Channel 9 or www.wafb.com.
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