The cause of the explosion is not yet known, but the 13 workers who were photographed floating in the ocean waiting to be rescued have been accounted for. They were airlifted to Terrebone General Medical Center in Houma, La.
The platform does not have a standard blow-out preventer, a safety mechanism used to seal gas and oil wells, according to the Coast Guard.
The U.S. Coast Guard now says there are no immediate signs of an oil spill at the site of the Mariner Energy rig explosion earlier today. The Coast Guard had previously said that there was a mile-long “oil sheen” from the site of the fire, but they’re now saying that boats at the platform have not seen any oil sheen.
Mariner officials said there were seven active production wells on the platform, and they were shut down shortly before the fire broke out.
Here's one of the photos that were taken of the Mariner Energy Rig explosion.