Rig fire reported offshore Mexico - platform evacuatedNews // April 2, 2015
Various sources report that an explosion too place on a rig in Campeche Sound, offshore Mexico on 1 April.
Reports suggest that four people died when the incident occurred on the Abkatun A-Permanente platform.
In a statement, Mexico's state oil company PEMEX confirmed that fire broker out after an explosion on the platform, forcing around 300 people to be evacuated. Firefighting vessels attended the scene.
According to ASEA, Mexico's energy safety agency, the incident took place in a dehydration and pump area of the platform.
In the statement issued immediately after the incident, PEMEX said: "Early this morning the dehydration and pumping area caught fire in the Permanent Abkatun platform in the Bay of Campeche.
"Pemex’s Emergency Response Plan was immediately put in action and approximately 300 workers were evacuated and transferred to other platforms in the area.
"It is with deep regret that we inform the death of a worker from the company Cotemar. At least 16 workers from PEMEX and other companies have been reported to be injured, two of them in serious condition. They are being treated at Pemex’s hospital in Ciudad del Carmen and at the Mexican Institute of Social Security (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social). Eight firefighting boats are battling and controlling the emergency."