LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana – All nine people aboard a decommissioned jackup rig that caught fire in Sabine Pass, Texas, have been rescued, according to KPLC, a Lake Charles-based television station.
The nine were rescued by helicopter by a Coast Guard crew out of Houston, according to Petty Officer Second Class Ryan Dickinson, with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur. All nine were checked out by emergency medical responders and no injuries were reported, he said.
The Coast Guard was notified of the fire on the Pride Wisconsin jackup rig around 12:50 pm Thursday, Dickinson said. As of 4:30 pm, it was under control, but continuing to smolder. There are no restrictions for the ship channel.
The cause of the fire will be investigated, Dickinson said.