Offshore natural gas platform sinks off Venezuela

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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