The Straits Times
Published on Nov 18, 2012

US Coast Guard: Body found near burned Gulf oil rig


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Divers hired by the owner of an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico that caught fire recovered a body in the waters near the site, according to the United States Coast Guard and the rig's owner.

Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said late Saturday that the remains of the unidentified person were found by divers hired by Houston-based Black Elk Energy, who were inspecting the platform. Mr Vega said the Coast Guard would be turning over the remains to local authorities.

Mr John Hoffman, the president and CEO of Black Elk Energy, wrote in an email late Saturday that the body is apparently that of one of two crew members missing since an explosion and fire on the oil platform Friday morning.

"Divers will continue to search for the second missing worker," Mr Hoffman wrote. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families."