Oil Rig Blaze Off Louisiana Leaves At Least 11 Missing

"US coast guards are searching the Gulf of Mexico for at least 11 oil workers missing after an explosion and fire on a drilling platform.The rig was still burning hours after the blast on Tuesday night, 52 miles (84km) south-east of the Louisiana port of Venice.Coast guards spoke of conflicting reports on the number of missing, which ranged from 11 to 15.Seven badly injured workers were airlifted to hospitals.Workers evacuated the Deepwater Horizon, a semi-submersible rig operated by Swiss-based contractor Transocean, after the blast at around 2200 on Tuesday (0300 GMT Wednesday). There were 126 workers on board the rig at the time. "