Pipeline Fire Injures Two Off Louisiana

Ms. Kerci. Photo: C-Dive
Ms. Kerci. Photo: C-Dive

Two crew members from a dive support vessel were injured Wednesday after a natural gas pipeline they were working on caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. Coast Guard says they were notified Wednesday night at about 8:30 p.m. that a natural gas pipeline ruptured and was on fire about 25 miles south of March Island, Louisiana.

The dive support vessel Ms. Kerci was working on the pipeline at the time of the rupture and two crew members aboard the vessel were injured, the Coast Guard said. Both were escorted to a hospital in Houma, LA.

The fire at the pipeline is extinguished, the Coast Guard said. The pipeline’s owner, Boardwalk/Gulf South Pipeline Co., was expected to send out a second vessel to repair the rupture.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The 135-foot long Ms. Kerci is owned by C-Dive.