LONDON -- A fiery explosion rocked a North Sea oil rig Thursday, killing two men and sending four others to hospital with burns, hospital officials said. The fire was put out quickly, officials said.
The blast occurred on the Cormorant Alpha production platform of Shell Oil about 90 miles northeast of the Shetland Islands, killing two men, officials said.
Four men suffering burns were taken by helicopter to hospital on the Shetlands Islands, located in the North Sea about 100 miles north of mainland Britain, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Two of the victims, the most seriously injured, later were transferred to hospital in Aberdeen in northwest Scotland, she said.
Officials said a fire followed the explosion but was quickly put out. Shell officials did not have other details on the cause of the explosion or the extent of damage.