This is not a floating rig and all 13 humanoids have been accounted for, reports the U.S coast guard. In local Edgewater, Florida , the coast Guard has closed down intracoastal waterway in Edgewater, which is the many route for sailboats , yachts etc., that travel down the east coast to Miami area from the Northeast U.S. . I believe it's a false flag operation and something else is brewing . Stay alert people!
A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard says it has dispatched three cutters to the scene of an oil rig fire off the coast of Louisiana, including the USCGC Decisive, seen here in a file photo.
An offshore production platform is on fire, some 90 miles south of Vermilion Bay, below Marsh Island, Louisiana. It is owned by Mariner Energy, Inc.
UPDATE at 1:03 p.m. ET: Mariner Energy has released a statement, confirming "a fire has occurred at a production platform located on Vermilion Block 380, approximately 100 miles from the Louisiana coast."
All 13 members of the crew have been evacuated and safely accounted for. No injuries have been reported. In an initial flyover, no hydrocarbon spill was reported.
Mariner has notified and is working with regulatory authorities in response to this incident. The cause is not known, and an investigation will be undertaken. During the last week of August 2010, production from this facility averaged approximately 9.2 million cubic feet of natural gas per day and 1,400 barrels of oil and condensate.
UPDATE at 12:41 p.m. ET: In a statement, the Coast Guard issued this statement: "We continue to gather information as we respond with full force, and have oil spill response assets ready for immediate deployment should we receive any reports of pollution."
UPDATE at 12:54 p.m. ET: David Reed, a paramedic on a neighboring rig, some 14 miles away from the platform that exploded, told CNN that he and his coworkers "started hearing chatter over all the radio frequencies, and they were calling for all boats to come and assist in the rescue."
We did not know many people were in the water. It was probably about 20 or 30 minutes later that they reported there were 13 people in the water.
"Vermillion 380 is a fixed, manned production platform," the New Orleans Times- Picayune reports. "It's not a well being drilled for oil, like BP's Macondo well and it's not a floating rig like the Deepwater Horizon."Read more at www.npr.org