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The U.S. Coast Guard was flying helicopters to a possible offshore drilling rig explosion in the the Gulf of Mexico, a Coast Guard spokesman said.
Helicopters were an hour away from the site of the possible explosion, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Prentice Danner.
An oil rig has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, west of the platform where the BP disaster occurred.
All 13 people working on board the oil rig are alive and have been accounted for, the coastguard has said. Unconfirmed reports said the rig is the Vermilion Oil rig 380, which is owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy and is not believed to be an active well. There are currently no sightings of oil in the water.
A commercial helicopter company reported the blast around 9:30 a.m. CDT Thursday, Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel said. Seven helicopters, two airplanes and four boats were en route to the site, about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay along the central Louisiana coast.
The Coast Guard said initial reports indicated all 13 crew members from the rig were in the water. One was injured, but there were no deaths.
The platform owned by Mariner Energy (NYSE:ME) is in about 2,500 feet of water, the Coast Guard said, and was not currently producing.