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Fire on Shell Enchilada Platform: Two Persons Injured

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Fire on Shell Enchilada Platform: Two Persons Injured
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Two people were reportedly injured after a fire incident that occurred on Shell Enchilada oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on November 8.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) said that a 54-year-old male suffered from flash burns and a concussion, and a 29-year-old male suffered from a sprained wrist and a concussion.

Shell launched an emergency helicopter and medevaced both people and transferred them to the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

The two injured persons have been treated and discharged from hospital, Shell representative said.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 1:20 a.m. that there was a platform on fire approximately 112 nautical miles south of Vermilion Bay, Louisiana.

When the incident occurred, 46 workers aboard the platform were evacuated to a lifeboat and were transferred to a nearby platform, Salsa, by the offshore supply vessel C-Liberty.

Operations on the platform was suspended and the fire contained for extinguishing.

Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile launched a HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew to conduct an overflight. The aircrew reported the fire had mostly dissipated. A Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack boat crew was also diverted to the scene.

Shell said “USCG and Shell contracted vessels are on site monitoring the situation. As a precautionary measure, a Clean Gulf Association oil spill response vessel has been mobilized, and other vessels are on standby,”.

“Shell personnel performed a visual assessment of the Enchilada platform and based on those observations, the asset appears to be structurally sound. A more detailed analysis of the platform will be conducted,”

“No harm to people or the environment is ever acceptable and Shell deeply regrets that this incident occurred,” Shell added.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Coast Guard are jointly investigating the cause of the incident.

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