NEW ORLEANS (
) -- Eleven workers missing in the
oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico have been found, according to a report from New Orleans-based business news web site
The report cited Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who said he received reports that the workers are alive and safe.
The Coast Guard, which has been searching for the workers since last night, has not yet verified the information.
The deepwater drilling rig was working for
in the Gulf of Mexico. The Deepwater Horizon rig was reported to have had 126 workers on board at the time of the explosion late Tuesday night.
The rig was situated 50 miles south of the Louisiana coast in the Mississippi Canyon Block 252, and was still on fire on Wednesday morning.
Seven Transocean workers were critically injured in the explosion. Two workers were flown to a hospital in New Orleans and two were flown to a burn unit in Mobile, Alabama, the Coast Guard said early on Wednesday morning.
-- Reported by Eric Rosenbaum in New York.
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