Fire on oil rig in Gulf of Mexico

2015-05-22 20:25
In this April 21 2010 file image provided by the US Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. (AP)

In this April 21 2010 file image provided by the US Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. (AP)

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Miami - The US Coast Guard rescued 28 oil workers from an offshore platform in the Gulf Of Mexico on Friday after a fire broke out.

No one was reported hurt in the incident, but pilots noted a 2.6km "rainbow sheen" on the water.

"The well was shut in and production has ceased," a Coast Guard statement said.

"The platform has an estimated 4 000 barrels of crude oil on board in storage tanks.

"Initial response vessels are on scene with additional vessels en route."

The rig is in the Breton Sound, southeast of New Orleans, near a bank of islands that form the Breton National Wildlife Refuge.

It was not immediately clear if Friday's incident would cause large-scale pollution.

In 2010 an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig further off the Louisiana coast caused millions of barrels of oil to pour into the Gulf.

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