Fire on Gulf of Mexico oil platform extinguished and four personnel evacuated safely

A fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico has been put out and the four people on board evacuated safely.

US Coast Guard (USCG) said four offshore supply vessels (OSVs) responded to the blaze that broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning on the rig located about 80 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana.

USCG said the fire was extinguished after about four hours but they were still dousing it with water to ensure there was no re-flash.

The four personnel were forced to get off and were rescued by an OSV, with no injuries reported.

No pollution effects were seen in the early aftermath but Clean Gulf – an oil industry non-profit co-operative that responds to spills – was in the area with clean-up equipment if needed.

The platform is owned by Houston-based Renaissance Offshore.

USCG said the cause of the fire was under investigation.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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