Houma Today: Coast Guard suspends search for missing oilfield worker


John Harper
Staff Writer
Published: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 8:04 a.m.
The U.S. Coast Guard said Monday it has suspended the search for a crewman missing from an offshore oilfield supply boat in the Gulf of Mexico pending further developments. During its three-day effort, the Coast Guard conducted 12 separate search missions, covering 2,734 square nautical miles of sea without finding the missing man.

The Coast Guard said it had deployed numerous cutters, helicopters and a C-130 aircraft to search for the crewman who fell overboard from the Dustin Danos, which is operated by Raceland-based Gulf Offshore Logistics. The man went overboard Saturday in the Gulf, 60 miles southwest of Port Fourchon. The man, who has not been identified, was last seen wearing gray long johns and a white T-shirt. Gulf Offshore Logistics did not returned requests for comment Monday. This was the second case of an oilfield worker falling into the Gulf in the past two weeks.

On Oct. 28, divers recovered the body of Peter Voces, 38, a Filipino national who worked for Offshore Specialty Fabricators in Houma. He fell off a platform in Vermilion Lease Block 200, about 75 miles southeast of Lake Charles, the day before. An official of Houston-based Talos Energy told officials with the Philippine Embassy in Washington that Voces was a member of a derrick barge crew that was contracted by its subsidiary, Energy Resource Technology, to dismantle the platform. The wells serving the platform had all been plugged and abandoned since 2012, and no oil was spilled in the accident, the Coast Guard said.
Voces was knocked off the platform by an empty storage tank that fell with him into the water, about 100 feet deep, embassy officials said. They were informed by the Coast Guard that divers found Voces’ body pinned amid the wreckage beneath the platform.

Special thanks to Richard Charter

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