U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
Contact: 8th District Public Affairs
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
For information about the platform contact Tim Oleary, public information
officer for Clovelly Oil Co., at 281-352-7740