Search for missing oil workers suspended
Commercial vessels extinguish a platform fire, roughly 20 miles of the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
November 17th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

Search for missing oil workers suspended

[Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET] The Coast Guard has suspended the search for two oil workers missing in the Gulf of Mexico, Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega told CNN.

[Posted 5:30 p.m.] One day after an explosion ripped through an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard scoured the region Saturday for any sign of two missing crew members.

The explosion triggered a fire and injured at least 11 people.

The incident occurred about 20 miles off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, on a platform used for production, not drilling. Black Elk Energy, a Houston-based firm, was in charge of the platform.

About 28 gallons of fuel spilled into the region, according to Coast Guard Response Division Chief Ed Cubanski. A half-mile oil sheen reportedly stretched near the area.

The injured were airlifted and nine additional crew members were safely evacuated, according to the Coast Guard.

Four of the injured were being treated at Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Of the four, two are in critical condition, said Jeffrey Littleton, a burn surgeon and chief of surgery. The other two are in serious, but stable, condition.

All four suffered major burns and the next 48-72 hours are critical, said Littleton.

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  1. 1608

    Lets all speak as one and hope the two men are found.

    November 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • RobbD

      1608 Well put. Thank you

      November 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Our voices and prayers echo that of yours.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Nicely stated.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Guantamamo Inmate

    I hate to say it, but are these *shark infested* waters? Maybe the two missing where a great whites dinner?

    November 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1608

      We can always hope for what is right and best for the families.
      May god bless all.

      November 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      You wouldn't say it if you're asking a question, you're actually asking politely to inquire of a question for which you are not sure of, as per your question..."are those shark infested waters?".

      November 18, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    looks like a bbq gone bad...,

    November 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hide Behind

    Actually the employment for oil and gas along with mineral mining is f
    astest growing segment of employment.
    Within 5 years US will be largest coal. Oil, and natural gas exporter in worldWill be far surpassing Russia and way above Saudi
    All your tax funded solar corn and wind projects will make us energy self suffecient but every source enviros want will be far more costly. ALMOST all oil mineral projects for next 5 years are only export ( extraction)
    THING is this does little to ease unemployed problem but those now are lost cause for new society planners.
    PERMANENT DOLE and sevice industry.
    Until wages lower and cheap natural gas will induce even china to build plants here.

    November 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      We need more american based refinement and processing plants, so we can stop importing from terrorist nations. We also need to stop selling energy and water to china.

      November 17, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. markn

    Why are the employers of the two missing men not looking for them? Why leaving it to the government. The people who run this company are always saying they need smaller government and no regulations. So why did they not take care of this. Or do they not care if there employees get killed!!! If they did they would have made sure this did not happen.

    November 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    While im sure at this time, in all likelihood they may never find them unfortunately. My heart and prayers do go out to the two men with the severe burns, as that is the most physical painful thing in the world. And for all affected by this GOD bless you!

    November 17, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. McCafee

    Hide Behind, your tediosity is only exceeded by your tendency to bloviate your mediocracy. You are redundant in you ordinariness. Bye-bye.

    November 17, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. OnlyDarwinEveryday

    MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A parade float filled with wounded veterans that was struck by a freight train had crossed onto the railroad tracks after warning signals were going off, investigators said Saturday.

    November 17, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hide Behind

    How far are you people from the real life of american workers in the real world anyways?
    Almost every day americans lose limbs or die due to industrial accidents.
    Those who extract resources for a living many times are the ones who clean up or pack their dead and injured.
    Theirs is not a throw a buck in a card sign bs on it and go back to doing inane jobs.
    Dangerous work demands different mentality than the crocodile teary hand wringers a proffesional candle lighters.
    The company safety and fed or state will be asking if anyone you worked with used dope, alcohol. Having family or financial troubles, any thing at all to put blame on man.
    You are the one that packs the dead or maimed. Clean up the tools and gore so you can get back to work again
    Your not allowed to have any damn syndrome and mostly you don't.
    Coal miners loggers sstel and aluminum meat cutters loggers all the ones who do the dirty work and jobs you are too smart to be any part of only supervise.
    World apart damn far apart.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Hide behind, WTH is wrong with you??? Many times your off the wall stuff is comical, if that is we can understand what youre saying even. BUT this is not one of those times. These are ppls lives and they are suffering, show some compassion, dang!

    November 18, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. wiseup

    wiseup: How many more people will have to be burned or killed on these oil riggs? Maybe a couple of CEO S and /or some major share holders convicted of negligent homicide might get others to take safety on these riggs a little more seriously.

    November 18, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Hide Behind

    You who have never lived the lives know not a damn thing of those peoples reality.
    Your words no more real than the artificial flowers on their graves.
    PIety and hypocracy flow not of real depth of understanding but from some frm of artificiality.
    Why do men go back in a coal mine and step over a bloody puddle still red, when they know it could be they who are dead.
    LIVes and lies of those who never lived and faced their mortality.
    BLOOD of war and industry have stained my clothes I buried friends cleaned their parts and put in bags. And cried with their wives and children, and then seen that child go to work where dad had died.
    Don't talk to me of compassion, Mine was real up front and close.
    AS I Said you who lived far different lives cannot cross the divide.

    November 18, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      As you know nothing about anyone here, you can only speak for yourself.
      Please do that, mmmkay?
      Generalizations are disingenuous, and serve no purpose.
      You do not know me.
      You never will.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Hide behind you have no idea what any of us know or have done but you assume to. I just hope none of those families ever have to read any of that crap. That pain i spoke of from severe burns, i know its the WORST physical pain BECAUSE i lived it!!!

    November 18, 2012 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. sandrasweden

    Not to interfear with your discussions here...but wanna just say that it´s Never a person´s OWN choice if their heart gets harden...Noone chooses to! It´s what happens when ppl instead of fulfilling their own destiny instead interfeares with others destinys... someone mentioned severe burns as the worst physical pain...just got me thinking of Michael Jackson who so severly got burned and wasn´t obviously allowed by the public to feel pain, but instead called an addict when being medicated for it....just a thoguht...

    November 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      That made no sense whatsoever.

      November 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sandrasweden

    Someone said it´s a persons OWN choice if they let their heart get harden..... honestly, it´s Not... Noone chooses to freely! That was the message!

    November 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
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