Fire out at Gulf oil rig; 4 hurt, 2 may be missing

VENICE, La. - Coast Guard officials say an oil rig  fire has been out after an explosion off the coast of Louisiana that sent four people to hospitals. Two others were believed to be missing.
 
Coast Guard spokesman Drake Foret said four people were taken to West Jefferson Medical Center near New Orleans.
 
Coast Guard aircraft and boats are searching for two missing people.
 
The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.

There was no immediate word if any oil had spilled from the platform.

A parish officials says the rig is not drilling at a deepwater site like the Macondo well that blew out in 2010. That blowout led to an explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
 
Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts tells WWL-TV that the platform 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.

Lally says two helicopters, an airplane and small boats were sent to the area. He did not know if the fire caused by the explosion had been put out yet.

The platform is a production platform, unlike the Deepwater Horizon rig, which was drilling an exploratory well for oil giant BP in mile-deep water well to the east of Friday's reported explosion.
 
A spokesman for Black Elk Energy could not immediately be reached for comment.
 
Black Elk is an independent oil and gas company headquartered in Houston, Texas.
 
The company's website says it holds interests in properties in Texas and Louisiana waters, including 854 wells on 155 platforms.
 

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