Explosion on platform off coast of Vermilion Bay - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Explosion on platform off coast of Vermilion Bay

Platform fire from a distance. Courtesy KATC. Platform fire from a distance. Courtesy KATC.
Platform fire from a distance. Courtesy KATC. Platform fire from a distance. Courtesy KATC.
Platform fire from a distance. Courtesy KLFY-TV. Platform fire from a distance. Courtesy KLFY-TV.
Workers in the water after explosion. Courtesy KATC. Workers in the water after explosion. Courtesy KATC.

VERMILION BAY, LA (KPLC) - The Coast Guard says the fire from an explosion on an offshore petroleum platform 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay has been put out and all 13 workers have been rescued from the water.

The accident reportedly happened just after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.

The Coast Guard says no one was killed in the blast, which was reported by a commercial helicopter flying over the area earlier this morning. All 13 people aboard the rig have been accounted for and removed from the water. One was reported injured, but there is no word on the extent of the injury.

During a news conference on Thursday afternoon, Gov. Bobby Jindal said the fire was contained to one active well at the platform, which has seven active wells. The fire has since been put out. On average, there are 1,400 barrels that are produced each day at the platform, which is in shallow water.

The cause of the explosion is currently not known.

The platform is owned by Mariner Energy which is based in Houston, with an office in Lafayette.

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