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Mile-long sheen after Gulf oil platform explodes 13 crew members rescued from water, Coast Guard says


updated 37 minutes ago

GRAND ISLE, La. — A mile-long sheen is now visible where an
offshore petroleum platform exploded and burned Thursday off
Louisiana, the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Coklough said the sheen, about
100 feet wide, was spotted near the platform owned by Houston-
based Mariner Energy Inc.

No one was killed in the explosion, which was spotted by a
commercial helicopter flying over the site Thursday morning.

All 13 people aboard the rig were found floating in the water in
survival gear, Coast Guard

spokesman Chief Petty Officer John Edwards said.

The platform was in about 340 feet of water, considered shallow
water and far less than the roughly 5,000 feet where BP’s well spewed
oil and gas for three months after an April rig explosion.

The crew were rescued from the water by an offshore service
vessel, the Crystal Clear, and taken to a nearby platform, said Coast
Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Eisai.

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