Thursday, September 2, 2010

JUST IN: Oil rig explodes in Gulf 80 miles south of Louisiana, “on fire” — 13 rig workers thrown into water

September 2nd, 2010 at 12:10 PM

One person reported injured as oil rig explodes in Gulf off Louisiana, USA Today September 2, 2010:
    An oil rig has exploded in the Gulf of  Louisiana, WDSU reports. Thirteen workers aboard the rig were reportedly thrown into the water, but have been accounted for. One person is reported injured.

    Update at 11:48 a.m. ET: Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel says a helicopter was sent to the site after a report that the rig was on fire “and that there was smoke and there were people in the water,” The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reports. …

    Update at 11:38 a.m. ET: MSNBC quotes Coast Guard Petty Officer John… Edwards says 9 helicopters and some fixed-wing aircraft as well as four Coast Guard cutters have been sent to the site.

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