Search for missing oil workers suspended
Commercial vessels extinguish a platform fire, roughly 20 miles of the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
November 17th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

Search for missing oil workers suspended

[Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET] The Coast Guard has suspended the search for two oil workers missing in the Gulf of Mexico, Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega told CNN.

[Posted 5:30 p.m.] One day after an explosion ripped through an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard scoured the region Saturday for any sign of two missing crew members.

The explosion triggered a fire and injured at least 11 people.

The incident occurred about 20 miles off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, on a platform used for production, not drilling. Black Elk Energy, a Houston-based firm, was in charge of the platform.

About 28 gallons of fuel spilled into the region, according to Coast Guard Response Division Chief Ed Cubanski. A half-mile oil sheen reportedly stretched near the area.

The injured were airlifted and nine additional crew members were safely evacuated, according to the Coast Guard.

Four of the injured were being treated at Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Of the four, two are in critical condition, said Jeffrey Littleton, a burn surgeon and chief of surgery. The other two are in serious, but stable, condition.

All four suffered major burns and the next 48-72 hours are critical, said Littleton.

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  1. chrissy

    Well, speaking only on my own personal experience, i have NEVER felt physical pain that came close to the pain of 2nd and 3rd degree burns. And im willing to bet these mens burns are even worse. Id rather have l0 natural births in succession than that!

    November 18, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |

    COAST GUARD--Black Elk Energy should have helicopters to take care of their problems–not the United States tax payer

    November 19, 2012 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
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