An Abbeville man died Thursday in a platform explosion about 12 miles off the coast of Plaquemines Parish, and investigators are now trying to figure out what caused the blast, which also injured three other workers.
The Jefferson Parish coroner identified the deceased as 24-year-old Jerrell Hancock.
The platform is owned by Fieldwood Energy out of Houston. The company released the following statement:
"I got to tell you, for about an hour last night, it feels like a hurricane not knowing how bad it's gonna be," said Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser.
Officials in Plaquemines Parish, are still recovering from the 2010 spill that sent millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
"It brought back a lot of memories, and we thank God this is not something of that magnitude," said Nungesser.
The injured workers, who are with the contractor Turnkey Cleaning Services, were brought to West Jefferson Medical Center. The explosion occurred while they were cleaning a piece of equipment used to separate oil from other liquids. All three have since been released.
Officials with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement began their investigation on the platform Friday.
"It's horrible. You never want to lose anyone anywhere," said Nungesser.
Fieldwood Energy released the following statement Friday: