Coast Guard: 2 injured in fire on platform in Gulf of Mexico

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) - A Coast Guard spokeswoman says two workers were injured when a fire broke out on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Lexie Preston says 46 workers were evacuated from Shell International Ltd.’s Enchilada platform after the fire broke out early Wednesday. The platform is about 185 miles southwest of New Orleans.

Preston and Shell spokesman Philip Robinson says the injured workers were flown by helicopter to a hospital. The extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately released. Robinson says all of the workers aboard the platform were evacuated.

Shell says the platform was safely shut down. Preston says there were no reports of pollution in the area. Robinson says the fire was “under control.”

Shell says it will investigate the cause of the fire.


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