Crews search for missing worker after oil rig explodes near New Orleans

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Clovelly Oil Co. owns the platform that is in production, said Taylor Darden, a lawyer for the company who is listed as its registered agent with the Louisiana Secretary of State.

On Sunday evening, October 15, in the US state of Louisiana, an explosion occurred on an oil drilling platform in lake Pontchartrain.

The representative of the police Department of the city of Kenner Brian McGregor said that it is only the confirmed number of casualties, but their number may increase.

U.S. Coast Guard crews hoped to get a helicopter into the air as dawn broke Monday in their ongoing search for a man missing after an oil and gas platform explosion on a lake near New Orleans.

The platform is used to transfer and store oil from nearby wells, and is not a wellhead itself, officials said.

Kenner police are reporting several injuries tonight, but we have yet to receive additional information about the extent of those injuries. According to Jefferson Parish officials, one person is unaccounted for.

Jefferson Parish officials say there were cleaning chemicals aboard the platform but do not know the exact cause of the fire at this time.

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Mike Guillot, director of emergency medical services at East Jefferson General Hospital, said five of the victims were brought to the trauma center with "blast type injuries and burns".

Social media users reported hearing a loud noise on Sunday evening that even rattled some homes.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Jefferson County Parish and St. Charles Parish also have marine units on scene assisting.

To the scene, where still you can see the flames, sent the boat with the rescuers.

The Coast Guard will be conducting a water quality evaluation as well as the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

Sheriff Joe Lopinto of Jefferson Parish said that the search of Lake Pontchartrain would continue for "as long as it takes".

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