Oil Platform Catches Fire Off Louisiana Coast
GULF OF MEXICO (KPEL) — The United States Coast Guard is reporting that an offshore oil platform has caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico about 35 miles south of Terrebonne Parish.
Three workers were reportedly on the rig at the time the fire broke out. Coast Guard Petty Officer Jonathan Lally says two of them suffered minor injuries.
“There was one worker that as they were exiting the rig reported that he slipped and banged his head a little and got a small bump on there,” Lally says. “Then there was another one that scraped his elbows.”
There is an oil sheen reportedly 600 yards wide and a half mile long, the Coast Guard says. All sources of oil have been shut off, and the fire is now out.
The platform is owned by W&T Offshore.