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Offshore natural gas platform sinks off Venezuela

GULF OF MEXICO � Crews work Saturday, May 8, 2010, to collect oil near and around the location where the Deepwater Horizon oil platform caught fire and sank. At least 193 vessels are assisting in the oil spill recovery after the platform sank April 20, 2010. U. S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Casey J. Ranel.

GULF OF MEXICO � Crews work Saturday, May 8, 2010, to collect oil near and around the location where the Deepwater Horizon oil platform caught fire and sank. At least 193 vessels are assisting in the oil spill recovery after the platform sank April 20, 2010. U. S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Casey J. Ranel.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - The Venezuelan governnment says an offshore natural gas platform has sunk into the sea, and 95 workers have been safely rescued.

President Hugo Chavez announced the accident on Twitter early Thursday.

Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said all of the workers on the Aban Pearl platform off eastern Sucre state were safely evacuated, and he said the accident poses no threat to the environment.

He said the navy rescued the workers, and the gas platform has disappeared into the sea.


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