November 18, 2012

The US Coast Guard suspended its search for two oil rig workers who went missing after an explosion and fire on a drilling platform off the coast.

“The search is suspended pending further developments,” the Coast Guard said in a statement, adding that it had scoured a 1,400 square-mile area for more than 32 hours using patrol boats, helicopters, and fixed wing aircraft.

The blast on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico Friday injured 11 people, but did not cause a major spill, the Coast Guard said.

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