OFF THE GULF COAST - The Coast Guard says that a preliminary report shows that two people were killed, two were missing and four were airlifted to West Jefferson Medical Center with injuries after an explosion at an oil platform south of Grand Isle.
West Jefferson hospital officials say that just before 10 a.m., three people were brought to the medical center by helicopter in critical condition. A fourth person was brought a short time later.
Coast Guard Captain Peter Gautier said there was believe to be 28 people on the platform at the time. He said there were rescues that were done by Coast Guard and Good Samaritans.
CBS News reports that the two missing people jumped overboard after the incident.
Gautier said the platform was not actively producing oil and it is not belived that there is any chance for a major environmental disaster.
He said initial reports were that maintenance workers were cutting into a pipe and that oil may have escaped, causing the explosion.
The platform is believed to belong to Black Elk Energry out of Houston. It produces both oil and natural gas.
“We cannot confirm or deny anything at this time, but we are assembling an incident command team right now,” said Black Elk Energy asset manager Kirk Trascher