2 crew members injured after pipeline ruptures in Gulf

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says two workers were injured after a natural gas pipeline ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico about 25 miles south of Marsh Island.

Petty Officer Ryan Tippets said the rupture caused the pipeline to catch fire. He said the injured crew members were taken to a hospital in Houma.

The Coast Guard says the fire has been extinguished.

Tippets said received notification of the rupture around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He says the dive operation vessel Ms. Kerci was working on the pipeline at the time of the rupture.

Calls to the pipeline’s owner, Boardwalk/Gulf South Pipeline Co., seeking the conditions of the workers were not immediately returned.

The cause of the rupture is under investigation.