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
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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Published: November 16th, 2012 at 12:59 pm ET


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

  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    Oil sheen? No, that's ahhhhh sunscreen from the swimmers. Yeah, that's the ticket.. it's sunscreen 😀

  • arclight arclight

    Oil platform explodes in Gulf of Mexico; 11 injured, 2 missing
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    November 16, 2012 — Updated 1823 GMT (0223 HKT)

    An oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire after an explosion Friday, sending 11 people to hospitals and leaving two missing, authorities said.
    Nine others were airlifted off the platform, and a half-mile oil sheen stretched across an area roughly 20 miles off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana. About 28 gallons of fuel spilled into the region, according to Coast Guard Response Division Chief Ed Cubanski. The platform is used for production and not drilling.
    Four of injured are in critical condition at West Jefferson Medical Center in Louisiana and are expected to be transferred to the Baton Rouge General Burn Center.

    The incident comes a day after the Justice Department announced that oil company BP would plead guilty to manslaughter charges stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    We gotta get off the oil dependency. I'd gladly walk or ride a bike in order to enjoy clean water and edible sea food. Wouldn't you?

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      I've been biking daily for 35 years to the food stores, and my reward now seems to be that when I get there I can't anymore buy canned or fresh Pacific seafood, and am worried about the CA fruits and vegetables.

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      The disabled cannot ride a bike anywhere. However, I have cut my use of gasoline by half or more in the last few years. I would gladly bike if I could.

  • krugthecaveman krugthecaveman

    Big explosions seem to becoming commonplace. Daily and sometimes several a day. Worrisome.

  • arclight arclight

    and this slightly different nuanced article

    US oil rig ablaze in Gulf of Mexico, two dead
    November 17, 2012

    An oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast caught fire on Friday killing at least two people, the Coast Guard said.

    Four others were airlifted to hospital and two workers are "missing and possibly overboard," petty officer Ryan Tippets told CNN.

    there are other articles claiming 2 dead as well o google search..

    a prayer for the families and friends…

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Yes. Thx, arclight for showing a compassionate sentiment for these people and environment before the brawl begins in earnest. I appreciate it.

  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    Deep Water Horizon "ablaze", or somebody was careless and set some drywall on fire??

  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    Oh, wait .. now it "exploded". Get the friggin story right if you're gonna lie to use. Geez.

  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    CNN is on top of it… they have it as a 1 line blurb under "more news" in the far left column.

  • tasteslikedaniel

    Ya CNN is on top of it all right, heres two headlines

    Invasion coming? Israel 'expanding the campaign'

    Fear, mourning, celebration in Gaza

    Im sorry cnn, no one in the gaza strip is celebrating the on coming invasion of whats left of their homeland