Vermillion 380 A Platform
In the 1980s, the Vermillion 380 A Platform was installed off the coast of Louisiana. The offshore platform was originally owned by Mariner Energy, Inc. - a company later acquired by Apache Corporation. On September 2, 2010, the platform was off-line for some maintenance when it caught on fire. According to reports, the fire could be seen from over 100 miles away; the fire only burned for a few hours before being extinguished. There were 13 worked aboard the platform at the time; all dove into the ocean and huddled together in their life jackets. Two hours later, they were rescued with only one sustaining injuries. Luckily, the platform had not been producing or drilling for oil and hadn't for two years. There were, therefore, only mild consequences of the incident - unlike the Deepwater Horizon tragedy which had occurred 200 miles east.
In most cases, oil rig fires and explosions cause significantly more damage than the Vermillion 380 explosion. In this case, there was only one injury and no fatalities, however, this is not always the case. Take, for example, the Deepwater Horizon explosion which had occurred on that same year. In that incident, 11 lost their lives and 17 sustained severe injuries. Therefore, if you have been injured or if you have a loved one who suffered from an oil rig fire or explosion, you should not hesitate to seek immediate assistance from a legal professional. At Arnold & Itkin, LLP, we are vastly experienced in this area of the law and can help you to protect your legal rights while pursuing a maritime claim. Want to discuss your potential case in more detail? Simply pick up the phone and call us today or take advantage of our online form. We are available to discuss the situation that you are facing, as well as help you understand all of the legal options available to you.