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  1. Gulf Oil Platform Explosion - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

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State-run oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said it had averted any significant oil spill following the blast, which also injured 16 workers, two seriously, and forced the evacuation of 300. Pemex later said a total of 45 workers had received some form of treatment or health evaluation. [Native Advertisement] Firefighters using 10 firefighting and emergency boats had gotten the blaze under control, the company said on its official Twitter account late Wednesday. Speaking at a news conference in the nearby city of Ciudad del Carmen earlier, Pemex Director General Emilio Lozoya said the cause of the fire was still being investigated, but it appeared to be something mechanical. Helicopters ferried workers with bandaged hands and faces and burn marks on their overalls to Ciudad del Carmen, where crowds of relatives of oil workers thronged outside hospitals. A survivor of the blaze on the shallow-water Abkatun-A Permanente platform in the Campeche Sound said workers "jumped into the sea out of desperation and panic." "There was nothing you could do but run," said Roger Arias Sanchez, an employee of Pemex contractor Cotemar who escaped the burning platform in an evacuation boat. Many of the injured appeared to be Cotemar employees. In a statement later Wednesday, Pemex said the accident "did not cause an oil spill into the sea, given that there was only a seepage, which is being taken care of by specialized vessels." The company said it had been able to cut off pipelines to avoid a spill, and suggested that the oil remaining in the pipelines was burning off. Lozoya said the accident "would have a minimal impact on production, because this was a processing platform," not a producing well. Production from nearby wells it normally serves could be rerouted to other processing platforms. President Enrique Pena Nieto promised an investigation to "find whoever is responsible" and avoid such accidents in the future. The Abkatun A platform largely serves to separate gas, oil and other petroleum products, and pump them to refineries onshore. Previous spills from Mexican facilities have usually occurred at active offshore wells, not processing stations. The Abkatun platform lies off the coast of the states of Campeche and Tabasco. It is farther out to sea than the platform involved in the last severe fire in the area, a 2007 blaze at the Kab 121 offshore rig. That accident was caused by high waves that hit the rig, sending a boom crashing into a valve assembly. The blaze killed at least 21 workers and the rig spilled crude and natural gas for almost two months. Mexico's worst major spill in the Gulf was in June 1979, when an offshore drilling rig in Mexican waters, the Ixtoc I, blew up, releasing 140 million gallons of oil. It took Pemex and a series of U.S. contractors nearly nine months to cap the well, and a great deal of the oil contaminated Mexican and U.S. waters. Pemex has had serious security problems in the past, mainly in its onshore pipeline network, where thieves drilled around 2,500 illegal taps in the first nine months of 2104 and stole more than $1 billion in fuel. That problem got so bad that in February, the company announced it would no longer ship finished, usable gasoline or diesel through pipelines. That apparently hasn't stopped the thieves, though. On Wednesday, federal police announced they had seized three tanker trucks and 148,000 liters (39,100 gallons) of stolen fuel at several different sites throughout the country as well as locating two illegal pipeline taps. Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 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  2. Gulf Oil Platform Explosion - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Four dead and 45 injured when fire engulfs an oil platform.

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  3. Gulf Oil Platform Explosion - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Four dead and 45 injured when fire engulfs an oil platform.

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  4. 11 Service Members Presumed Dead in Florida Crash; Weather Complicates Recovery Work - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) — More heavy fog, rain and rough surf complicated Thursday's efforts to collect the remains of seven Marines and four soldiers whose Black Hawk helicopter crashed offshore while they trained in Florida. The military has provided few details about the crash, which happened Tuesday ...

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  1. 11 Service Members Presumed Dead in Florida Crash; Weather Complicates Recovery Work - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

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  2. 11 Service Members Presumed Dead in Florida Crash; Weather Complicates Recovery Work - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) — More heavy fog, rain and rough surf complicated Thursday's efforts to collect the remains of seven Marines and four soldiers whose Black Hawk helicopter crashed offshore while they trained in Florida. The military has provided few details about the crash, which happened Tuesday ...

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  3. Federal Agency Finds Weak Regulation of Chemicals - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal agency investigating a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant will tell a Senate committee Thursday that regulation of the dangerous chemicals used in the industry fall under a "patchwork" of standards that are decades old and are far weaker than rules used by other ...

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  4. Oil Rig Explodes Off Coast of Louisiana - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    VENICE, La. (AP) — An explosion and fire ripped through a Gulf oil platform Friday as workers used a cutting torch, sending four people to a hospital with critical burns and leaving two missing in waters off Louisiana. Coast Guard Capt. Ed Cubanski told a news conference in New Orleans the well was ...

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  5. Responders Transport Injured Cyclist in Furniture Lorry - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    ESSEX, England -- A cyclist badly hurt in a road accident had to be taken part of the way to hospital in a removal van. Andrew Knight broke his hip when he came off his bike on a roundabout after an oil spill . But an air ambulance could not land near him due to bad weather and paramedics had to ...

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  6. Recovery Operations Begin at Italian Cruise Ship - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    ROME (AP) — A barge carrying a crane and other equipment hitched itself to the toppled Costa Concordia on Tuesday, signaling the start of preliminary operations to remove a half-million gallons of fuel from the grounded cruise ship before it leaks into the pristine Tuscan sea. Actual pumping of the ...

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  7. Tucson Shooting Victims Struggle to Cope - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — Ron Barber's nightmares wake him in the dead of night and he can still see it: The flash of a gun muzzle aimed at U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' head. "Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop," went the gunman's weapon, recalls Barber, who fell to the ground, shot in the cheek ...

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  8. Twitter Boosts EMS Disaster Response - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Facebook and Twitter are helping to improve and speed up responses to natural disasters and health emergencies by involving members of the public, it has been claimed. Social media allowed an unprecedented two-way exchange of information between the public and those given the task of preparing for ...

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