Oil Rig Explodes Off Louisiana Coast

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Coast Guard says a burning offshore drilling platform is tilting badly after a fiery explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, as a frantic search continues for at least 11 people missing.

The Coast Guard says most of the 126 workers on the rig Deepwater Horizon escaped safely after the explosion off the Louisiana coast about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

But at least 11 are unaccounted for and several hospitals say they are treating workers for injuries. At least two are still hospitalized.

Helicopters, an airplane and boats searched for any sign of the missing workers. Meanwhile, the rig was listing at about 70 degrees and threatening to topple over.

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  • by Martha Location: unknown on Apr 21, 2010 at 02:49 PM
    My dad and nephew for oil rigs and are out in the gulf as we speak. My prayers go out to the families of the men working on the rig..
  • by Stacy Location: Mississippi on Apr 21, 2010 at 01:19 PM
    I have relavites who work for oil rigs and I'm thankful they are home safe MY prayers go out to the ones that were on that rig!
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