Early reports from the AP indicate that an explosion has occurred on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay near the central Louisiana coast.
According to Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel, the explosion was reported by a commercial helicopter company earlier this morning. The Coast Guard is sending seven helicopters, two airplanes and four boats to the site, which is west of the former location of the BP Deep Horizon oil rig.
Early reports are sketchy and it is unclear whether the distressed rig is a production platform or a drilling rig. Additionally, there is no available yet information on whether there are workers aboard or whether the rig is still burning.