Coast Guard continuing search for missing man after explosion on oil platform

The Coast Guard is continuing to coordinate search efforts for a missing man after an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, Louisiana, October 16, 2017. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from a witness at approximately 8 p.m. of an oil platform explosion, October 15, 2017.

The Coast Guard is continuing to coordinate search efforts for a missing man after an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, Louisiana.

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is continuing to coordinate search efforts for a missing man after an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, Louisiana, Monday morning.

The fire on the platform, which is owned by Clovelly Oil Co., has been extinguished.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew at approximately 7 a.m. to continue searching for the man and to look for any signs of pollution caused by the explosion. No visible signs of pollution were reported.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from a witness of an oil platform explosion Sunday evening.

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. The seven people who made it to shore were taken to local hospitals.

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 had marine units on scene. Bayou Gauche Fire Department responded as well.

The cause of the incident is unknown.

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