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Two killed in oil rig explosion

Two people are dead after an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, 20 miles off the coast of Louisiana, the US Coast Guard has confirmed.

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Investigation launched into US oil rig explosion

Members of the US Coast Guard are investigating the fire on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico which has led to the death of two workers, with two others missing.

The rig is believed to be a shallow water platform located in West Delta Block 32 in the Gulf of Mexico.

A spokesman for Black Elk Oil, which owns the rig, said four injured workers had been airlifted to a hospital in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

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