47 rescued after 'loss of control' on gas rig - KLFY News 10

47 rescued after 'loss of control' on gas rig

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal authorities say an uncontrolled flow of gas at a rig off the Louisiana coast forced the evacuation of 47 workers.

No injuries have been reported.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it happened Tuesday morning about 55 miles offshore.

As of late Tuesday morning, the bureau statement said, gas continued to flow from the well, but no oil.

The bureau said that inspectors flying over the site reported a light sheen covering an area about a half-mile by 50 feet, however, it was dissipating quickly.

The Coast Guard dispatched a cutter and aircraft to the area.

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