Mexico’s state-owned oil company Pemex reported a rupture in an undersea gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, sending flames (of fire) to the surface of the water.
Petroleos Mexicanos said it had dispatched fire-fighting boats to spray more water on the flames.
According to Pemex, no one was injured in the incident in the offshore Ku-Maloob-Zaap field.
The leak occurred on Friday, about 150 yards (metres) from a drilling platform. After about five hours, the company said it had brought the gas leak, and then fire under control.
However, the accident resulted in the strange sight of roiling balls of flame rising from beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
VIDEOS: Watch fire caused by underwater gas pipeline of Pemex
An underwater gas pipeline has caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico. It is connected to a platform operated by Mexican oil giant Pemex.
🚨 Incendio registrado en aguas del Golfo de México
A 400 metros de la plataforma Ku-Charly (dentro del Activo Integral de Producción Ku Maloob Zaap)
Una válvula de una línea submarina habría reventado y provocado el incendio
Esta fuera de control hace 8 horas pic.twitter.com/KceOTDU1kX
— Manuel Lopez San Martin (@MLopezSanMartin) July 2, 2021
ALERT 🚨 Underwater pipeline burst, caused fire in the Gulf of Mexico.
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) July 2, 2021