Search goes on for worker missing after Louisiana oil platform explosion

Search goes on for worker missing after Louisiana oil platform explosion

An explosion on an oil rig storage platform on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana Sunday night has left seven people injured and an eighth person missing as of Monday morning, according to local authorities.

About this informed the representative of management of police of the city of Kenner, reports The Times-Picayune.

The platform, owned by New Orleans-based Clovelly Oil Co. based in New Orleans, is a collection point, also known as a co-mingling facility, for oil and natural gas that is pulled from several wells, the company said.

McGregor said there were "a lot of injuries" with at least six confirmed and more expected. "We are treating it as a search and rescue", Lopinto said.

East Jefferson General Hospital, which received some of the injured, declined to comment on the number of treated or on the type or extent of their injuries.

The Kenner Fire Department, Kenner Police Department, Eastbay Consolidated Fire Department, US Coast Guard and Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department all assisted in responding to the incident.

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First responders from St. Charles Parish, Jefferson Parish, Kenner, the U.S. Coast Guard, East Jefferson General Hospital EMS and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries were working on the explosion, Harris said.

And while the fire department in Jefferson Parish attempted to contain the damage, authorities acknowledged oil could now be leaking into the lake.

Social media users reported hearing a loud noise on Sunday evening that even rattled some homes. "My house actually shook", he said.

A supply boat on the scene rescued seven people, and five were transported to the University Medical Center in New Orleans.

The Coast Guard will be conducting a water quality evaluation as well as the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

Reports came into the Emergency Operations center around 8 p.m. of fire and smoke being seen from Lake Pontchartrain.

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