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UPDATE: Company officials: no sign of trouble before oil drilling explosion

NEW ORLEANS (WKOW)-- The Coast Guard says it is planning to search by air and sea overnight for eleven workers missing since an oil drilling platform exploded.


NEW ORLEANS (WKOW) -- A company officials says there wasn't any sign of trouble before an oil drilling platform exploded off the Louisiana coast, that has left 17 workers hurt and 11 missing.

The Louisiana Coast Guard says of the 17 people hurt, three are in critical condition. Nearly 100 other workers escaped safely and were headed back to land Wednesday afternoon.

The rig is owned by Transocean Ltd., which was under contract to BP. Transocean vice president Adrian Rose says crews were performing routine work before the explosion and there were no signs of trouble.

The rig is still burning and it's not clear what caused the explosion. So far the environmental impact appears minimal.


NEW ORLEANS (WKOW) -- At least seven people were hurt and another 11 are missing after an explosion and fire at an oil drilling platform off the Louisiana coast.

Coast Guard authorities say the explosion happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday and the fire continued to burn into Wednesday morning.

An estimated 126 workers were aboard at the time of the explosion, and while conflicting reports are coming in, officials believe at least 11 but possibly as many as 15 workers are missing.

Seven were airlifted to a Naval air station near New Orleans then transported to local hospitals. Two of the seven were taken to a burn unit.

Rescue teams are searching the Gulf of Mexico for any signs of lifeboats or workers who escaped the rig.

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