A video surfaced Monday showing Friday morning’s explosion on board a production platform located just off the Louisiana coast in the US Gulf of Mexico. The video was captured by a TV crews filming a show for a fishing network some 15 miles away when the blast occurred. The camera man was focussed on his subject when the platform exploded in the background. After the initial shock the camera man closed in on the platform to reveal smoke billowing from the horizon.
A total of 11 workers were injured in the blast. The body of one worker was recovered and another remains missing.
The men were employed with Grand Isle Shipyard Inc. and were part of a crew performing construction work on a non-producing platform owned by Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC. The incident is under investigation.