ABC: 15 people may be missing from platform in Gulf — “Oil sheen has spread over more than a 2-mile area” (VIDEO)

Published: November 16th, 2012 at 12:59 pm ET
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Title: At Least Two Missing in Gulf Oil Rig Blast
Source: ABC News
Author: COLLEEN CURRY and WHITNEY T. LLOYD
Date: Nov. 16, 2012

An oil and gas rig off the coast of Louisiana was hit by an explosion and fire this morning, leaving at least two crew members missing and possibly as many as 15, Coast Guard officials said.

Eleven other crew members were flown to hospitals, and four of them are listed in critical condition.

The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that a Black Elk Energy Co. oil and natural gas platform had some sort of explosion in the gulf, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky and an oil sheen spreading over the water.

At least two people are missing and “probably overboard,” according to Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vegas. But that number could rise because as many as 15 people are still unaccounted for, the Coast Guard said. [...]

The fire at the rig has been put out, but an oil sheen has spread over more than a 2-mile area on the water, the Coast Guard said. [...]

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