Coast Guard Airlifts 6 After Explosion on a Platform in the Gulf of Mexico

Coast Guard aircrews airlifted six injured construction workers to local hospitals along the Gulf Coast today after an explosion occurred on an offshore platform they were working on approximately 45 miles southeast of New Orleans in Breton Sound Block 1.

Aircrews from Air Station New Orleans airlifted one critically injured patient to East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, La. Two injured construction workers were airlifted to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, Miss., and three were airlifted to Biloxi Regional Medical Center in Biloxi, Miss.

The Coast Guard was notified by a Good Samaritan on the OSV Gulf King that an explosion occurred and six people were injured. The Coast Guard launched three helicopters from Air Station New Orleans and a Falcon Jet from the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala.

The construction workers were reportedly salvaging the platform after it was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

The incident is currently under investigation.

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