Explosion on Black Elk Energy Oil Platform in the Gulf of Mexico

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The Coast Guard says four people have been flown to a hospital and two may be missing in Gulf oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana.

An accident at an oil platform owned by Houston-based energy company, Black Elk Energy, killed two workers and left one more missing off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico — West Delta Block 32. An oil sheen was reported visible near the scene.

Five other workers remained hospitalized as of noon on Friday and two others were released, John Hoffman, CEO of Black Elk Energy in Houston, confirmed.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported at a press conference at noon that 26 total workers were on the platform Friday morning.

Four workers left the platform prior to the accident and 11 more after the fire. He said nine more were later found and evacuated with two still missing. He could not confirm the two deaths, but said that 11 were sent to various hospitals in Jefferson Parish,La.The oil rig is reported to be structurally sound

An explosion and fire ripped through a Gulf oil platform Friday as workers used a cutting torch, sending four people to a hospital with burns and leaving two missing in waters off Louisiana.


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