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Gulf rig on fire partially collapses: government

A cloud of natural gas rises from the Hercules 265 drilling rig located 55 miles (89 km) off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico as
A cloud of natural gas rises from the Hercules 265 drilling rig located 55 miles (89 km) off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico as

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A shallow-water Gulf of Mexico drilling rig on fire because of a ruptured natural gas well has partially collapsed, U.S. regulators said on Wednesday.

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said beams supporting the derrick and rig floor on the Hercules Offshore rig collapsed over the structure.

BSEE also said a third firefighting vessel was enroute to the scene, though no sheen was seen on the water's surface during overflights conducted on Wednesday morning.

(Reporting By Kristen Hays)

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