*UPDATE* as of 5:25PM on 17 November: The USCG has suspended its search for the 2 missing rig workers. In the past 32 hours, 1,400 square miles of ocean have been searched using the following assets:
- The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutters Pelican and Razorbill;
- Three response boatcrews from Coast Guard Stations Grand Isle and Venice;
- Three HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft crews and three MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala.;
- Two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.
NEW ORLEANS – Coast Guard crews are searching for two missing crewmembers following a platform explosion approximately 20 miles southeast of Grand Isle, Friday morning.
Eleven crewmembers have been medevaced from the Black Elk Energy-owned platform to various local hospitals. Nine additional crewmembers were safely evacuated off the platform. The fire has been extinguished, and a sheen has been spotted in the area.
The Coast Guard is currently searching with response boats from Coast Guard Stations Grand Isle and Venice, the 87-foot Coast Guard CuttersPelican and Razorbill, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station New Orleans.
The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Coast Guard will assist as needed.