Here is a statement from Black Elk Co. on recent search efforts to find the remaining crew member who went missing after the oil platform fire in the Gulf of Mexico:
This morning, Black Elk hired a second and third commercial dive boat and initiated a beach search with Plaquemines Parish sheriff's department and all helicopter companies in the area to help with the search. Tomorrow, the company will search the impacted area and other locations on the platform with a search & rescue dog.
Last night, the U.S. coast guard announced that it was suspending its search and rescue efforts.
As we announced last night, we recovered one of the missing workers and the U.S. coast guard transported the individual to its station in Grand Isle, LA. The local fire chief and ambulance service received the body around 11:45PM. The body was taken to the corners office in Jefferson Parish. An official investigation has begun to examine the facts surrounding this incident.
Coast Guard crews searched a 1,400 square-mile area for more than 32 hours in an effort to locate the two missing crew members.
Coast Guard resources used in the search effort:
Watchstanders at the 8th Coast Guard District received notification at approximately 9 a.m. that there was a platform fire on board West Delta 32, Friday.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has established a team to investigate the explosion and fire. The seven-member investigative team includes safety inspectors, engineers, safety management investigators, and law enforcement experts. The investigation report will include recommendations for initiatives to prevent a similar accident in the future.
The search is suspended pending further developments.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Coast Guard officials say they are searching from the sea and the sky for two workers who went missing after a fire erupted on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The agency says in a news release sent Saturday morning that helicopters and an 87-foot cutter are searching for the missing crew members. The platform, which is about 25 miles off the Louisiana coast, is owned by Black Elk Energy. The blaze, which started when workers were using a torch to cut an oil line, remains under investigation. At least four workers with severe burns were in critical condition. The fire came a day after BP agreed to plead guilty to a raft of charges in the 2010 Gulf oil spill and pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties.
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