The incident occurred about 9:30 a.m. on the Hercules No. 265 rig located 40 miles southwest of Grand Isle, La., The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported. Workers loaded into two lifeboats and then boarded a supply vessel and headed for shore, Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough said.
The cause of the blowout was under investigation.
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