A fire is reported to have broken out after an explosion on board an oil facility off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico.
The US Coast Guard said 13 workers were rescued from the burning platform by an oil support vessel and taken to another platform.
No oil or sheen from the burning platform was seen in the water by helicopters at the scene, the Coast Guard said.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said a government response was ready if needed. “We obviously have response assets ready for deployment, should we receive reports of pollution in the water,” Gibbs told reporters.
Explosion on Gulf of Mexico oil platform