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The Coast Guard says it safely evacuated a man with heart disease from a sailboat in the Gulf.

In a news release, the Coast Guard said officials received a call early Thursday about a husband and wife aboard a 64-foot sailboat that was bound for Houston after a trip to Cozumel, Mexico.

The woman reported that the man, who had a history of heart disease, had slumped over and was unresponsive.

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The fire that broke out on a Gulf of Mexico oil platform this morning after an explosion has been extinguished, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The fire was put out at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Eleven people have been airlifted from the scene — four to West Jefferson Medical Center with serious injuries, including second- and third-degree burns.

Two people jumped into the water at the time of the explosion and are still missing. 

BP says it has plugged holes in a leaky containment cap that failed to stem oil gushing from its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The oil company may have to clear oil still inside the structure abandoned a few hundred feet from the sealed well.

The Coast Guard says openings in the discarded cofferdam have been closed off, but Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Ed Markey says he wants BP to do more. He wants all remaining oil removed from the cap and other equipment still on the sea floor. He also wants to see the underwater footage taken of the repair operation.

BP says it has successfully plugged underwater equipment oozing oil near its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard will monitor if the plugs hold.

The Coast Guard is leading an undersea effort to check the site of BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The well was sealed three months after the explosion in 2010, but a new oil slick has surfaced.

The Coast Guard is overseeing efforts under way to find the source of an oil sheen near BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil company and federal scientists suspect it came from debris on the sea floor.

The Coast Guard says an oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico matches oil from the BP spill two years ago. The exact source is unclear.

The Coast Guard has rescued two men who were aboard an airplane that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Theodore Wright and Raymond Fosdick, both of Baytown, Texas, were located in the water Thursday after their airplane went down about 28 miles east of South Pass. Wright declined medical attention, while Fosdick was taken to New Orleans area hospital.

The Coast Guard says the men were flying from Baytown to Sarasota, Fla. The cause is under investigation.

The Coast Guard is searching for a missing kayaker in a more than 600-square-mile area of the Gulf of Mexico near Grand Isle.

Eric Richards, 32, went fishing Monday and was reported missing about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Coast Guard says that after Richards didn't show up at work on Tuesday, a co-worker went to a boat launch on Grand Isle and found his vehicle.

Cmdr. Russ Bowen, coordinator for the search, says two helicopters, two airplanes, a Coast Guard cutter, a 45-foot boat and a shallow-water craft are looking for Richards.

Richards' home town was not available.

Five fishermen have been rescued by the Coast Guard and group of good Samaritans after their boat struck a jetty at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The Coast Guard says all five men were wearing lifejackets and didn't sustain any injuries in the collision early Saturday morning.

The crew of a 40-foot pilot boat arrived at the scene and brought the men aboard their boat before a Coast Guard helicopter responded to a distress call.

The rescued men had boarded a raft after their 65-foot vessel started taking on water.

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