BREAKING NEWS: Second Mariner Energy platform catches fire


Another fire broke out on a Mariner Energy platform 75 miles south of Morgan City around 8:55 a.m. this morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The small fire was already extinguished by the time a Coast Guard crewe arrived, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Renel. According to the Coast Guard no one on the platform was in need of a rescue.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement is investigating the incident. A spokeswoman for the agency, Eileen Angelico, did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

Patrick Cassidy, a spokesman for Mariner Energy, said the platform had not been in operation since 2006. It would normally be unmanned, but he said two workers were on the platform doing a cutting operation to decommission it.

The fire was put out with a water hose and a fire extinguisher, he said.

The fire is the second fire in a week aboard a platform owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy. Last Thursday’s fire caused 13 workers to abandon the platform, which was 102 miles off Vermilion Bay.

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