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Natural gas rig blows in Gulf of Mexico

The U.S. Coast Guard confirms to WGNO News that they are responding to an platform blowout 40 miles south of Timbalier Bay, which is due south of the Terrebonne / Lafourche Parish line.

A total of 44 people were evacuated from the platform, and no serious injuries were reported.

The blowout happened Tuesday morning on Hercules Rig #265.

The Coast Guard is sending boats and aircraft to the scene in order to do an environmental impact assessment.