Gulf platform experiences blowout southwest of Grand Isle

44 people evacuated on 2 life boats; all OK

UPDATED 11:43 AM CDT Jul 23, 2013

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The blowout happened about 9:50 a.m. on Hercules Platform No. 265, which is located about 40 miles south and 10 to 15 miles west of Grand Isle, according to the Coast Guard.

Officials told WDSU that 44 people were evacuated on two life boats, and all are said to be OK.

An environmental assessment has not yet taken place. Initial reports indicated the platform was designed for oil exploration, but a Jefferson Parish official describes it as a natural gas platform.

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