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Oil rig explodes in Gulf of Mexico; 2 people missing, 4 rushed to hospital --'Not known' if fire caused an oil spill 16 Nov 2012 Two people were missing and four people were airlifted to a hospital Friday after an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico some 17 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La., the U.S. Coast Guard told NBC News. Rescue crews were searching the waters for the two. Officials did not immediately release the names of missing or the injured. Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts told WWL-TV that the rig is a shallow water platform near West Cote Blanche Bay.