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Fire in oil platform in Gulf of Mexico was extinguished, no injuries

Imagery courtesy of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile

Four offshore supply vessels extinguish a fire on an oil production platform fire near Grand Isle, Louisiana, January 5, 2017.

Petroleumworldve.com 06 01 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard Thursday (Jan. 5) afternoon released photos of crews working to extinguish an oil production facility fire  that was reported around 2:30 a.m. near Grand Isle  in the Gulf of Mexico.

The images show four offshore supply vessels putting out the fire, which was extinguished by 10 a.m., according to the Coast Guard. The four people aboard the Renaissance Offshore LLC platform were rescued, and now authorities are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Those onboard were "evacuated into the water" and recovered by a crew on the 130-foot offshore supply vessel Mary Wyatt Milano, the Coast Guard said. The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement told The Associated Press  the four workers were flown to a Houma hospital for evaluation, but no one was injured.

Authorities credited the Milano vessel's crew and three other supply offshore supply vessels with helping the Coast Guard douse the flames.

Authorities told The Associated Press early Thursday that no pollution was found "at the moment" following the fire.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement added that oil production has been suspended on two Renaissance-owned platforms, including the one where the fire broke out. The agency also said 17 oil wells associated with the two platforms were "shut in" before the workers were evacuated.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Story from Times Picayune.

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