Coast Guard: no signs of oil leaking from platform fire
Daybreak brought no reports of oil leaking from an offshore oil platform that erupted in flames Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said.
Petty Officer Steve Lehmann in New Orleans said an 87-foot Coast Guard cutter patrolling the area has not reported any signs of leaks. A helicopter was to survey the site later Friday morning.
Soon after Thursday's fire, the Coast Guard reported an oil sheen a mile long and 100 feet wide. But hours later, a commander said crews were unable to find any spill.
Thirteen people were rescued after the fire on the Vermilion 380 platform owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy. The platform off the central Louisiana coast is in about 340 feet of water and about 200 miles west of the source of BP's massive spill.