Natural gas rig blows out in Gulf; 44 workers safely evacuated, Coast Guard says

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A rig believed to be producing natural gas blew out in the Gulf of Mexico around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. All 44 workers on board were safely evacuated form the Hercules No. 265 rig about 40 miles southwest of Grand Isle, said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Bill Colclough.

No injuries have been reported. The workers escaped the rig on two Hercules off-shore lifeboats, then transferred to an offshore supply vessel, the Max Cheramie, which is on its way to the shore.

The Coast Guard dispatched a cutter helicopter and two aircrafts to assist and monitor the evacuation. Coast Guard officers will report any environmental impacts, Colclough said.

The cause of the blow-out is still under investigation, he said.

Scientists capture footage of giant deep-sea fish off Gulf of Mexico in first of its kind HD video

The oarfish, or Regalecus glesne, lives so deep under the ocean that it is usually only seen when it’s washed ashore or fatally injured.

The oarfish is the longest bony fish in the sea, believed to be able to reach 50 feet or more in length.

Mark Benfield, Louisiana State University Remarkably captured by HD cameras, an oarfish is seen swimming off the Gulf of Mexico in August, 2011.

Never before seen video footage of an elusive 8-foot long deep-sea oarfish, alive and in its natural habitat in the Gulf of Mexico, has been released by scientists who are calling it the first of its kind.

The giant bony fish whose mystery dates to tales of sea monsters and mermaids was remarkably filmed in high definition by a remotely operated vehicle in 2011 before the video’s release this week.

The footage is believed to be a first of its kind when it comes to clarity and contact with an oarfish, or Regalecus glesne, with the creature typically seen washed ashore dead or fatally injured.

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