Last month, an oil rig exploded in a Louisiana Lake, which led to the disappearance of 44-year-old Timothy Morrison. Morrison had been aboard the offshore platform when the explosion occurred. 24 hours after the explosion in Lake Pontchartrain, the Coast Guard decided to call off the search for the missing man, just after 7 p.m.
A total of eight people were aboard the oil rig, including Morrison, when the explosion took place. Seven of these individuals were able to make it to the shore and taken the local hospital to be treated for burns.
Coast Guard Commander Zac Ford made a statement after the search was called off, saying that the decision to suspend a search is never easy. The Coast Guard sends their thoughts and prayers to the Morrison family as well as all those who were affected by the incident.
The cause of the oil rig explosion is still under investigation. Officials are trying to determine the reason behind the incident. It is believed that cleaning chemicals may have ignited on the surface of the platform, causing the explosion. According to authorities, Clovelly Oil Co. Inc., the owner of the platform, hired a subcontractor from Houston, to clean the pipes of the platform.
The platform is used to transfer oil from wells in the area of Jefferson Parrish. When the explosion took place, the fire burned through Sunday night, with fire crews working hard to stop any flow of oil into the rig. By Monday morning, the fire was under control.
Five of the eight men aboard the rig were subject to blast-type injuries as well as burns. Three were still in the hospital earlier in the week with one individual in the intensive care unit. The remaining four patients were discharged after being treated.