The U.S. Coast Guard says at least 11 people are missing following an explosion at an oil rig off the southern U.S. coast.
The Coast Guard says the explosion late Tuesday also injured seven people at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, located in the Gulf of Mexico about 84 kilometers from the state of Louisiana. Officials say they have sent helicopters, a rescue plane and several boats to the scene. The injured were evacuated to area hospitals.
The Coast Guard continued battling a fire on the rig early Wednesday. They say 126 people were on the rig at the time of the incident. The cause of the explosion is not yet known.