2 Remain Missing in Oil Rig Fire

The Coast Guard continues search off Louisiana coast

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 17, 2012 3:20 PM CST

(Newser) – The Coast Guard kept up its search today for two crew members who vanished in yesterday's oil rig fire off the coast of Louisiana, the Times-Picayune reports. One 87-foot Coast Guard cutter replaced another at 4am this morning after an all-night search, and three helicopter crews and a fixed-wing aircraft crew are helping today. An officer said the Coast Guard would keep mum until the search is suspended—and would keep looking "until we've exhausted all resources trying to locate these personnel."

Twenty-two workers were on board when the rig, owned by Black Elk Energy, caught fire yesterday. Eleven were taken to hospitals, nine were evacuated without injuries, and two went missing. No deaths have been reported so far. Of those who sustained injuries, four suffered extensive burns and four others were reported in stable condition.

Map locates oil rig fire on the south-central Louisiana coast.
Map locates oil rig fire on the south-central Louisiana coast.   (AP)
A fire burns on a Gulf oil platform Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, after an explosion on the rig, in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast.
A fire burns on a Gulf oil platform Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, after an explosion on the rig, in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast.   (AP Photo)
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