Black Elk has recovered a body of one of the two workers who went missing after an explosion hit the company’s platform located at West Delta 32 Block, in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico approximately 17 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.
“We recovered one of the missing workers and the U.S. Coast Guard transported the individual to its station in Grand Isle, La. The local fire chief and ambulance service received the body around11:45 pm. The body was taken to the coroner’s office in Jefferson Parish,” said the company in a statement issued November 18.
The company is now expanding and enhancing its efforts to locate a worker who is still missing. Black Elk hired a second and third commercial dive boat and initiated a beach search with Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Department.
“We have also contacted all helicopter companies that fly in the area to help visual search efforts. We remain focused on the victims and their families, including those injured in the incident. An official investigation has begun to examine the facts surrounding this incident, and we will continue to cooperate with all authorities as this process develops,” Black Elk added.
Offshore Energy Today Staff, November 19, 2012