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Feb 27, 2013 12:41 PM by AP

Crewboat hits shut-in wellhead off La. coast

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard says a 42-foot crewboat struck a shut-in wellhead Tuesday night in the Gulf of Mexico about nine miles southwest of Port Sulphur, La.

Well owner Swift Energy Co. of Houston says the well is intermittently burping oily water about a mile offshore.

Company President Bruce Vincent says the wellhead is ringed with containment boom, which also was set along the shore.

Vincent says only a small amount of oil appears to have escaped the well. He says the well was shut in about five years ago as a weak producer and the company planned to plug it this year.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Carlos Vega says the accident happened about 8 p.m. He did not know whether anyone on the crewboat was injured.

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