Coast Guard Backing off Report of Oil Sheen from Gulf Explosion

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - The Coast Guard is backing off its
earlier report that an oil sheen about a mile long was spreading
following a platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau said Thursday afternoon that
crews was unable to confirm the oil sheen.

The Coast Guard says platform owner Mariner Energy reported a sheen about a mile long and 100 feet wide.

But the company has said in a statement that an initial flyover didn't find an oil spill.

Ben-lesau says the fire on the platform has been put out.

All 13 crew members were rescued from the water.


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