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United States Coast Guard
News Release
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Update 2: Coast Guard suspends search for missing man,
continues to monitor oil platform after explosion

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday night for the man who was unaccounted for after an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, Louisiana. 

Missing is Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas.

After saturating the search area using multiple resources and assets, rescuers suspended the search for Morrison at 7:15 p.m.

“The decision to suspend a search is never an easy one,” said Cmdr. Zac Ford. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the Morrison family and all those affected by this incident.”

The fire on the platform, which is owned by Clovelly Oil Co., was extinguished Monday morning.

Coast Guard pilots from Air Station New Orleans flew over the area Monday and reported no visible signs of pollution. The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the area for any potential pollution.

Louisiana State Police HAZMAT Division is investigating the cause of the explosion.

For information about the platform contact Tim Oleary, public information officer for Clovelly Oil Co., at 281-352-7740

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