Coast Guard: No Spill from Oil Rig Fire

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The U.S. Coast Guard says there's no new oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico after an oil rig caught fire just south of Louisiana's Vermilion Bay on Thursday.

There were initial reports that an oil sheen a mile long had begun to spread, but Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Lesau said crews were unable to find any spill.

All 13 workers who were on board the platform at the time of the fire, were rescued from the water.

"We gave them soda and water, anything they wanted to drink," said Capt. Dan Shaw, who's boat was nearby when he received a distress call. "They were just glad to be on board with us."
The owner of the rig, Houston-based Mariner Energy, is among the largest producers of oil and gas operating in the Gulf.
The well is located west of the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded in April and sent millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf.
Officials from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement said they would be working with Coast Guard to investigate the cause of Thursday's fire.

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