Gulf Platform Fire: Two Missing Four Badly Burned

Associated Press
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Coast Guard search continues for missing personnel following blaze on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico

The fire on a shallow-water drilling oil production platform began while workers were using a torch to cut an oil line, reports Associated Press, and was brought under control within hours.

Eleven people were taken by helicopter to area hospitals or for treatment on shore by emergency medical workers.

A sheen of oil about a half-mile long and 200 yards wide was reported on the Gulf surface, but officials believe it came from residual oil on the platform.

Source: Associated Press

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