Natural gas rig in Gulf blows out; 44 workers evacuated - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Natural gas rig in Gulf blows out; 44 workers evacuated

Posted: Updated:
GULF OF MEXICO (WAFB) -

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a natural gas rig blew out around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the evacuation of all 44 workers on board.

Officials say all 44 workers were safely evacuated from the Hercules No. 265 rig, which is about 40 miles south and 10 to 15 miles west of Grand Isle, La.

No injuries were reported, and officials say the workers escaped the rig on two off-shore lifeboats. They were then transferred to an offshore supply vessel, the Max Cheramie, which then took the workers to shore.

"Walter Oil & Gas this morning reported the loss of control of Well A-3 on an unmanned platform at South Timbalier Block 220 while doing completion work on the sidetrack well to prepare the well for production. The well is flowing gas and no oil is being released," said a statement from Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to WWL-TV in New Orleans.

According to WWL-TV, the Coast Guard is sending a helicopter and a vessel to assist.

"BSEE inspectors conducting an overflight reported a light sheen one-half mile by 50 feet in area which is dissipating almost immediately," BSEE said in a statement to WWL-TV.

There is no word yet on any environmental impacts or the cause of the blow out. The situation is under investigation.

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Gunshots inside a Gulfport home; one person is dead

    Gunshots inside a Gulfport home; one person is dead

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:39:15 GMT
    Gulfport police and the Harrison County coroner are investigating another murder. The coroner confirms an autopsy was being performed Wednesday on the victim.
    More >>
    Gulfport police and the Harrison County coroner are investigating another murder. According to a Gulfport Police Department news release, gunshots inside a Gulfport home killed a Carson Drive resident. Two suspects reportedly entered that home late Tuesday night and assaulted the victim while he slept. During that struggle, police report a gun went off, and a bullet struck the victim.More >>
  • Coroner: Girl's body was found in abandoned trailer's bathroom

    Coroner: Girl's body was found in abandoned trailer's bathroom

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
    It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.More >>
    It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer. Coroner Gary Hargrove said Janaya's body was found in a bathroom.More >>
  • Two arrested for St. Martin burglary, TV theft

    Two arrested for St. Martin burglary, TV theft

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:44:17 GMT
    Investigators in Jackson County say two men who broke into a St. Martin home and stole a large television were arrested after they sold the TV a short time later.More >>
    Investigators in Jackson County say two men who broke into a St. Martin home and stole a large television were arrested after they sold the TV a short time later.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.