GULF OF MEXICO—A blaze, billows of smoke, workers forced into the water. An eerily familiar scene in the Gulf today as a fire broke out on an oil platform. Tonight the flames are out and the workers are safe.
Five months after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. A new scare in the shallow waters of the Gulf. The images say it all.
The 13 crew members on board plunged into the water to escape the flames, floating together until rescuers arrived. Governor Bobby Jindal says, "it turns out that some of the life vests, life jackets were actually located too close to the fire for them to get to so there were 13 people and 12 life vests so when they got in the water on of the workers was in the water without a life vest was being held up by his fellow workers."
Coast Guard officials say workers were able to shut down production before evacuating the facility. The platform's owner, Mariner Energy of Houston, says this platform is not used for drilling oil, rather to transport it.
Patrick Cassidy, a spokesperson says, "there were no drilling activities underway. This isn't a blow out by any means."
The 13 crew members were checked out, then released from a hospital in Houma. Governor Jindal says all are ok. "They didn't have any visible injuries. They were in good spirits. They were looking forward to getting home," he says.
Tonight a sense of relief at the site as well. Captain Peter Troedsson says, "the fires out and vessels on scene have no reports of visible sheen in the water."
Right now the coast guard remains on the water monitoring the area, as an investigation gets underway.