OSV Rescues Four Workers from Burning Platform
[Brief] An oil platform 70 nm south of Grand Isle, Louisiana caught fire in the early hours of Thursday morning, forcing four workers to abandon the facility by "evacuating into the water."
The mini-OSV Mary Wyatt Milano responded and rescued the four workers. Three other supply vessels arrived on scene to fight the fire, and at 0615 hours the U.S. Coast Guard reported that it had been extinguished. No injuries were reported.
The Coast Guard said that aircraft overflights show no signs of water pollution. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The unnamed platform belongs to Houston-based Renaissance Offshore, a private equity-backed firm specializing in the purchase and redevelopment of legacy oilfields. Its most well-known acquisition to date was the purchase of nine fields from the bankrupt firm Black Elk Energy in 2014.