Monday, March 7, 2011

2 men rescued after fire on idle oil rig, Gulf of Mexico - 7th Mar 2011

GRAND ISLE, La., March 7 (UPI) -- Two oil-platform workers were plucked from the Gulf of Mexico after a fire broke out on the idle rig, authorities said.

The fire started about 8 a.m. Sunday on Arena Energy's GI 102A rig, located about 50 miles off Grand Isle, La., and was extinguished by about 1:30 p.m., the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the men were pulled from the water as they floated in a life-saving capsule they had entered to escape the fire on the platform.

The Coast Guard said the men, whose names were not released, were brought aboard the HDS Stormridge and then airlifted by a helicopter crew to a hospital in Marrero, La. Their conditions were not known.

Coast Guard officials said the company reported the platform had been shut two weeks ago and was not pumping crude when the fire occurred, the Chronicle said.

Officials said no pollution was spotted at the rig site as a result of the fire. Source