Aerial picture of the rig
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Gulf of Mexico oil rig fire: Aerial pictures

A fire has broken out on a rig drilling for gas in the Gulf of Mexico, 55 miles (85km) off the Louisiana coast, US officials say.

A blowout at the well on Tuesday morning forced the evacuation of 44 workers from the platform.

US Coast Guard and federal safety officials are still trying to assess the potential hazards.

Footage from an environmental group shows smoke billowing from the rig, as debris falls into the water below.

Footage courtesy On Wings of Care

  • 24 Jul 2013
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