One Missing Worker’s Body Recovered Saturday; One Still Missing
Posted On November 19, 2012
Author: Gordon McKernan
I was saddened to hear, but thankful for the family that one body was found Saturday from the oil rig explosion that occurred this past Friday, November 16. He was one of two crew members who went missing after the explosion and fire.
The body was found underneath the platform on the sea floor and was moved to the shore by the U.S. Coast Guard late Saturday.
John Hoffman, CEO of the Houston based company, said in an email on Sunday evening that “Black Elk Energy has hired a second dive vessel to try to accelerate the search for the second missing worker with hopes of providing closure for their family”.
The Houston-based firm said it was in charge of the platform, which was used for production, not drilling. About 28 gallons of fuel spilled into the region surrounding the platform for about half a mile.
The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the workers injured in this accident, the families of the deceased workers, family of the recovered worker, and the family of the missing crew member.
Gordon McKernan graduated with his law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1992. Shortly thereafter, he joined McKernan Law Firm and has been practicing law ever since. He is the owner of the firm, and his primary area of practice is representing ‘ordinary people’ who have been injured because of another’s disregard.