Two Rescued From Gulf of Mexico Rig Fire

Two people were rescued after an oil rig platform caught fire about 50 miles off Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico.

NEW ORLEANS--Two people were rescued after an oil rig platform caught fire about 50 miles off Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. Coast Guard officials say in a news release the GI 102A oil production platform owned by Arena caught fire Sunday. But Guard officials say Arena reports the platform had been shutdown two weeks ago and was not in production at the time of the incident.

Petty Officer Steve Lehmann says two men used a life capsule to escape the blaze, and were picked up by a nearby vessel. They were taken to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero.

Lehmann says the fire is out. Guard officials say an investigation is under way.

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