Coast Guard suspends search for missing man, continues to monitor oil platform after explosion

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 has suspended search efforts for a missing man after an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, Louisiana, 

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.

Pilots from Coast Guard 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.

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