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Two people are missing and “probably overboard,” according to Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega.
Four people aboard the platform were airlifted for medical treatment.
The platform was located about 20 nautical miles southeast of Grand Isle, La., when the explosion happened, Vega said. It is not clear whether the platform is still burning.
There has been no report that any oil spilled into the gulf.
The Louisiana governor’s office said that the rig was non-producing, and the explosion occurred during some kind of maintenance work happening aboard the platform.
The explosion and fire comes the day after BP agreed to a $4 billion settlement for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion in the gulf, triggering the worst offshore oil spill in the country’s history.
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2 missing in Louisiana oil rig explosion that killed 2, injured 4 others
DEVELOPING: Authorities are searching for two missing workers after an oil rig exploded Friday off the coast of Louisiana, killing at least two people and injuring four others.
Three of the four injured workers, who were transported to Jefferson Medical Center, are said to be in critical condition, according to local media reports.
The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La. There was no immediate word if any oil had spilled from the platform.
Coast Guard Capt. Peter Gautier told WWL-TV that 28 people were believed to be aboard the rig.
Gautier said the platform was not actively producing oil and it is not believed there is any chance for a major environmental disaster.
He said initial reports were that maintenance workers were cutting into a pipe and that oil may have escaped, causing the explosion.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, said two helicopters, an airplane and small boats were sent to the area.
The fire caused by the explosion had been put out yet, according to WVUE.
The platform is a production platform, unlike the Deepwater Horizon rig, which was drilling an exploratory well for oil giant BP in mile-deep water well to the east of Friday’s reported explosion.
A spokesman for Black Elk Energy could not immediately be reached for comment.
Black Elk is an independent oil and gas company headquartered in Houston, Texas.
The company’s website says it holds interests in properties in Texas and Louisiana waters, including 854 wells on 155 platforms.