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    1 Missing After Rig Explosion In Gulf

    Coast Guard Rescue Crews Respond

    POSTED: 10:11 am CDT September 2, 2010
    UPDATED: 10:31 am CDT September 2, 2010

    NEW ORLEANS -- One person is missing after a rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
    It happened around 9 a.m., and as of 10:15 a.m., the rig was still burning, the Coast Guard said. Rescue crews from New Orleans and Houston are responding.
    Officials said there were 13 people aboard the rig, and all but one are accounted for.
    Two helicopters from Houston and three from New Orleans are responding to the blast. Two other fixed-wing planes and two cutter ships are also responding, the Coast Guard said.
    The rig is owned by Mariner Energy.
    Stay with for the latest on this developing story.

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