Oil Platform Fire in Gulf

Thursday, January 5, 2017 @ 09:01 AM gHale


Four offshore supply vessels extinguish a fire on an oil production platform fire near Grand Isle, Louisiana.   Coast Guard imagery courtesy of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center.

Four offshore supply vessels extinguish a fire on an oil production platform fire near Grand Isle, Louisiana.
Coast Guard imagery courtesy of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center.

Four workers ended up forced to jump into the water after a pre-dawn fire on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana Thursday morning, officials said.

The blaze ended up reported around 2:30 a.m. on the platform about 80 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana, the Coast Guard said. Four platform workers escaped the blaze and evacuated into the water. No one suffered an injury in the incident, officials said.

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The platform belongs to Renaissance Offshore LLC, and the fire was reported to have been extinguished at 6:15 a.m. local time, according to the Coast Guard.

“There are no current reports of any pollution at the moment,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Travis Magee.

Four people aboard the platform evacuated into the water and were rescued by the crew of the 130-foot Mary Wyatt Milano, a supply vessel, the Coast Guard said.

Crew members aboard that boat and three other vessels were battling the blaze.

The fire ended up “suppressed but not extinguished,” Magee said.

An HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane from Mobile, Alabama, had also just arrived at the scene, Magee said.

“They’re overhead and they’re getting a better view of the situation,” Magee said. “They’re assessing the current situation — that’s their role.”

Clean Gulf, an oil spill response organization, was on its way to the platform early Thursday, the Coast Guard said. Clean Gulf is a non-profit oil industry cooperative that responds to spills and provides equipment to help clean them up, according to its website.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

In April 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers. Millions of gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf for weeks before workers could cap the oil well.



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