Oil platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico
A Coast Guard spokeswoman says two workers were injured when a fire broke out on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Lexie Preston says 46 workers were evacuated from Shell International LTD.’s enchilada platform after the fire broke out early today. The platform is about 185 miles southwest of New Orleans.
The injured workers were flown by helicopter to a hospital. The extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately released.
Shell says the platform was safely shut down. Preston says there were no reports of pollution in the area.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.