The unaccounted for man is 44-year-old Timothy Morrison of Katy, Texas
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday night for the man who was unaccounted for after an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, Louisiana.
Missing is Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas.
After saturating the search area using multiple resources and assets, rescuers suspended the search for Morrison at 7:15 p.m.
“The decision to suspend a search is never an easy one,” said Cmdr. Zac Ford. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the Morrison family and all those affected by this incident.”
The fire on the platform, which is owned by Clovelly Oil Co., was extinguished Monday morning.
Coast Guard pilots from Air Station New Orleans flew over the area Monday and reported no visible signs of pollution. The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the area for any potential pollution.
Louisiana State Police HAZMAT Division is investigating the cause of the explosion.
The Coast Guard is coordinating search efforts for a missing man after an explosion on an oil rig platform in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, Louisiana, Sunday evening.
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from a witness at approximately 8 p.m. of an oil platform explosion.
It was reported by one of the platform workers that eight people were aboard at the time of the explosion, and one person did not make it to shore. Of the seven people who made it to shore, six were taken to the hospital. The Coast Guard and partner agencies continue to search for the missing man.
Following the initial report, Sector New Orleans launched a Coast Guard Station New Orleans 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew, a Station New Orleans 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew, and a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter air crew.
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Jefferson County Parish, and St. Charles Parish also have marine units on scene. Bayou Gauche Fire Department and a good Samaritan vessel are on scene fighting the fire, which has been reduced substantially.
The name of the missing man is not being released at this time.
The cause of the incident is unknown.