The Straits Times
Published on Nov 17, 2012

US coast guard searches for two oil rig workers after blast


CHICAGO (AFP) - The United States Coast Guard searched the waters off Louisiana late on Friday for two oil rig workers who remained unaccounted for after an explosion and fire on an oil drilling platform off the coast.

The blast on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico injured 11 people, but did not cause a major spill, the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said late on Friday that a 27-metre long cutter, the Razorbill, with 10 crew members on board, was sent to the area where the explosion took place and would spend the night patrolling the Gulf waters searching for the missing workers.

Other Coast Guard craft, including helicopters, aircraft and a second patrol boat, the Pelican,resumed the search early on Saturday.