Two workers on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico were still missing Saturday, following an explosion on the site a day earlier that injured nine other people.
The U.S. Coast Guard was searching a 1,400-square-mile area of ocean Saturday around a Black Elk Energy rig that burst into flames Friday when oil caught fire as workers cut through a pipe. The platform is off the Louisiana shore, about 20 miles southeast of Grand Isle.
The rig had been shut down since mid-August, company officials said, leaving authorities little concern about an oil spill.
Only about seven gallons of oil spilled into the water, Coast Guard officials said.
The explosion took place at about 9 a.m. local time, shooting plumes of black smoke over the ocean horizon. Images of the site show a corner of the platform charred black and its metal skeleton twisted from the blast.
Black Elk Energy officials said 22 were on the platform at the time of the explosion. Eleven escaped without injuries and four of the nine injured were still in the hospital Saturday.