Search Continues for Missing Man After Platform Explosion on Lake Pontchartrain

A photo shows the platform owned by Clovelly Oil. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

The U.S. Coast Guard was continuing to coordinate search efforts for a missing man on Monday after an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, Louisiana on Sunday night.

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

A Coast Guard helicopter crew launched from Air Station New Orleans launched at approximately 7 a.m. on Monday 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.

One of the platform workers reported that eight people were aboard at the time of the explosion and one person was missing. The seven people who made it to shore were taken to local hospitals.

Following the initial report, Sector New Orleans launched a 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew, and a 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 name of the missing man is not being released.

The cause of the incident is unknown.