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UPDATE - Pemex oil platform fire kills 4 in Gulf of Mexico, 302 evacuated

Four workers died in an oil rig fire that raged off the coast of Mexico Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Mexican state oil company Pemex said 16 workers were injured in the blaze.
UPDATE - Pemex oil platform fire kills 4 in Gulf of Mexico, 302 evacuated

The fire on Pemex's Abaktun Permanente rig is out, but not without further tragedy being reported: according to a Pemex press release, the death toll now stands at four, with forty-five receiving medical attention. Most of the injured have been released, though a handful of people remain in Pemex's hospital in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche state. One of the dead was a Pemex employee, another a contractor from oil services company Cotemar; details have not yet been made available about the other two victims as families are notified. Various news agencies report three workers still unaccounted for. 

The fire does not seem to have caused a significant oil spill, only some hydrocarbon runoff, which is now being addressed by Pemex with the help of the Mexican navy. The infrastructure affected was involved in processing, not extraction, and Pemex has publicly stated that they do not expect the event to disrupt their ability to meet demand. The cause is still being investigated.

 

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