LIVE UPDATES: Four People Critically Injured, Two Missing After Explosion on Gulf Coast Oil Rig
1:30p ET Update: Megyn Kelly reported the four people who were injured are in critical condition and that there are two people missing.
11:50a ET Update: Jenna Lee spoke with Capt. Pete Gautier, Sector Commander for the U.S. Coast Guard in New Orleans. Gautier confirmed reports that four people were flown to West Jefferson Hospital. He said he has heard conflicting reports coming in of two people dead or missing, but could not confirm that. 28 people were aboard the rig when the fire started. Gautier said the fire is mostly out.
He also said this incident is very different than the 2010 disaster involving a BP deep-water oil platform.
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WEST COTE BLANCHE, La. (AP) -- Coast Guard officials say they are investigating a fire at an oil drilling platform off the coast of Louisiana.
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.
The Coast Guard says it has activated a command center to investigate the fire. The size of the fire was not immediately clear, nor was it known if there were any injuries.
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