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17 October 2017, 12:43 | Floyd Cook
Oil rig explodes in Kenner Courtesy Roger Fernandez
Local authorities are performing a search and rescue for one person still unaccounted for after an oil rig explosion on Lake Pontchartrain.
The fire at an oil storage platform that ignited Sunday night (Oct. 15) in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, injuring seven workers and leaving another missing, has been extinguished, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
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. The Coast Guard New Orleans Division says they have a small boat and helicopter on site.
Officials said Jefferson Parish drinking water will remain safe because it is pulled from the Mississippi River. "We are treating it as having one person unaccounted for and treating it as a search and rescue".
The accident injured seven people.
And while the fire department in Jefferson Parish attempted to contain the damage, authorities acknowledged oil could now be leaking into the lake.
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