Coast Guard to hold joint press conference regarding oil drilling platform fire

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The U.S. Coast Guard, Deputy Secretary for the Department of the Interior, BP, and Transocean will be holding a press conference to discuss ongoing operations surrounding the Deepwater Horizon mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) explosion, fire, investigation, SAR (search and rescue), and pollution response at 3:00 PM Central Time.

Coast Guard responding to oil drilling platform fire

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes, and cutters are responding to an explosion and fire aboard a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) approximately 52 miles Southeast of Venice. Watchstanders at the U.S. Coast Guard District Eight command center here received a report at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday of an explosion and fire aboard the MODU Deepwater Horizon. Reports...

Coast Guard rescues 2 from sinking fishing boat

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued two fishermen when their 41-foot fishing vessel starting taking on water in the vicinity of South Pass, La. Tuesday.