“A portal to hell has opened”: Mexico had to extinguish the sea

A fire in the Gulf of Mexico was extinguished underwater for five hours. An underwater pipeline caught fire

On July 2, a massive fire broke out on an underwater pipeline of the oil and gas company Pemex. Three support vessels extinguished the fire for five hours.

Residents of the city of Ciudad del Carmen in the southeastern state of Campeche watched as the fire burst to the surface of the water from a depth of about 78 meters. The fire was presumably caused by a leak of hydrocarbons from a control valve between the platforms. A helicopter shot of the blazing pipeline was posted on the Internet.

There were no reports of fatalities or injuries. Workers were able to close the connection valves and stop the gas leak, according to a company statement.