Fire in USA on January 05 2017 01:36 PM (UTC).
Four oil platform workers were transported to Terrebonne General Hospital after being rescued from an oil production platform after it caught fire early Thursday morning. The United States Coast Guard responded to the fire around 2:30 a.m. at a platform about 70 miles south of Caillou Bay. According to Coast Guard Petty Officer Lora Ratliff, four people were aboard the platform who evacuated into the water and were recovered by the offshore supply vessel Mary Wyatt Milano. Around 10:30 a.m., at least four workers were seen getting out of helicopter. Three of the workers walked out of the helicopter and another appeared to be taken into Terrebonne General Medical Center in a wheelchair. According to the Coast Guard, the workers evacuated the burning Renaissance Offshore platform into the water and were rescued by the crew of the supply vessel Mary Wyatt Milano. A spokesperson for Terrebonne General could not immediately comment on the condition of the workers, but said they are currently being examined by doctors. According to the Coast Guard, the workers were first taken to a sister rig in the Gulf, and then flown to Terrebonne General by helicopter. The Crew of Mary Wyatt Milano and three other offshore supply vessels were called in to fight the fire, which was reported to be extinguished around 6:15 a.m., according to the Coast Guard. Renaissance Offshore is a relatively new company out of Houston, formed in 2011. They buy up established oil fields and platforms, like this one off Grand Isle. Platform A is connected to 10 wells and that's where the fire occurred. The company has also shut in seven wells connected to the Platform B that's right next to Platform A in the offshore area called Ship Shoal Block Number 266. It's in only 180 feet of water and the platforms have been producing oil there since 1968. Platform A was still producing about 16,000 barrels of oil per month, but they had some problems there last year. The annual inspection by the federal offshore safety agency found eight mechanical or safety components on the platform that had to be shut-in because of compliance issues. It's important to point out that Renaissance Offshore bought 10 oil fields from Black Elk Energy in 2013 and 2014 after a major explosion killed three workers on a Black Elk platform and basically forced that company to stop operating in the Gulf. The platform that caught fire Thursday was purchased from Union Oil Co. of California, not Black Elk. "Initial efforts were made by the crew to extinguish the fire, however the decision was made to discontinue those efforts and abandon the platform due to heavy smoke. All four crew members onboard safely evacuated from the platform aboard a life raft and were recovered by a field vessel that had been dispatched to the location. The crew was safely evacuated to a nearby facility and will be transferred onshore for a full evaluation. The fire was completely extinguished at approximately 5:50 a.m." The cause of the incident is under investigation.
A pre-dawn fire has been extinguished on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, and there is no sign of pollution in the area, authorities said Thursday. The blaze was reported about 2:30 a.m. Thursday on the platform about 80 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and was extinguished nearly four hours later, the Coast Guard said in a statement. There were no reports of injuries. Four workers aboard the platform evacuated into the water in a life raft and were rescued by the crew of the 130-foot Mary Wyatt Milano, a supply vessel, the Coast Guard said. They were flown to a hospital in Houma to be evaluated, the Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a statement. Oil production has been "shut in," or suspended, on two Renaissance-owned platforms, including the one where the fire broke out, and 17 oil wells associated with the two platforms were shut in before the workers were evacuated, the statement said. Crew members aboard the Mary Wyatt Milano and three other vessels battled the blaze. An HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane from Mobile, Alabama, also responded, said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Third Class Travis Magee. "They're overhead and they're getting a better view of the situation," Magee said. Clean Gulf, a nonprofit oil industry cooperative that responds to spills and provides equipment to help clean them up, was on its way to the platform Thursday.
Offshore oil platform caught fire in Gulf of Mexico on 80 nautical miles south off Grand Isle, Louisiana. The fire was caused by explosion after leak on the deck. Four people near the site of the fire jumped into the water and were later rescued by the Coast Guard's supply vessel Mary Wyatt Milano, which responded the distress call. To the accident responded nearby supply vessels, which immediate started firefighting and poured flames with water. There were no reported injuries and water pollution, but Clean Gulf, an oil spill response organization, was on its way to the platform to assess the situation. The local authorities and Coast Guard continue fighting the flames. There is no information about exact root causes of the accident. The investigation is under way. There is no immediate danger for the seaworthiness of the oil platform. The crew of Mary Wyatt Milano and three other offshore supply vessels are currently fighting the fire. The area monitored by the HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew from Mobile, Alabama. There was no immediate word if oil was released and if so, how much. The local authorities did not revealed the name of the platform or if it was operational. The further reports of the Coast Guard is expected to give more information for the accident.
Four people were evacuated after a fire broke out on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, the Coast Guard said. "Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans were notified at approximately 2:30 a.m. that an oil production platform caught fire approximately 80 miles south of Grand Isle," the Coast Guard said in a statement. The Coast Guard said an aircrew was en route to the scene, where several offshore supply vessels were fighting the blaze. Clean Gulf, an oil spill response organization, has dispatched a team to the platform, according to the statement. There were no reported injuries and the cause of the incident is under investigation, the Coast Guard said.