posted on Nov, 16 2012 @ 10:22 AM
In addition, four people have been airlifted to West Jefferson Hospital, two of them who are said to be in critical condition.
The U.S. Coast Guard confirms there is an offshore platform burning in the Gulf of Mexico in the area of West Delta Block 32.
Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts said the rig in question is a shallow water platform in the Gulf of Mexico. It is near West Cote Blanche
Bay, south of New Iberia on the south-central Louisiana coast.
The rig belongs to Black Elk Energy out of Houston and it produces both oil and natural gas.
A spokesman for the company confirmed that the rig was manned at the time of the fire.
He said several boats are responding to the fire, both Coast Guard and Good Samritans.