Fire breaks out on offshore platform near Padre Island
A platform offshore from Padre Island was seen with a fire on board its deck from the nearby shoreline.
PADRE ISLAND -
A fire broke out onboard an offshore platform near Padre Island, according to US Coast Guard reports.
Smoke could be seen from nearby Mustang Island and Corpus Christi on Wednesday afternoon coming from what appeared to be an offshore drilling platform.
US Coast Guard crews from station Port Aransas responded, noting that the platform was just over 1.2 nautical miles from Bob Hall Pier and appeared to be a sealed natural gas rig.
From the shore, KRIS 6 News photographers captured images of what appeared to be a small platform or rig several miles offshore with smoke billowing into the air that dissipated quickly.
According to Coast Guard officials, no injuries were reported. Crews responded just after 3:12 p.m. and set up a safety zone around the rig to keep boaters out of the area.
Officials said they do not believe any spillage of materials occurred.
A production company for the show Next Level Fishing TV was in the area filming an upcoming episode at around the time the fire began, according to a company representative. They captured high definition video of the moments when the fire began, which can be seen below.