Gulf of Mexico accident leads to offshore worker's death

By Phaedra Friend Troy

A man has died following an accident at an Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA) offshore platform in the US Gulf of Mexico, reported the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE).

The accident occurred at 7:45 a.m. CST on February 16 at the WC 575A natural gas production platform located about 150 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

According to the report, the offshore worker was transferring from a vessel onto the production platform and fell into the sea. Other crewmembers were able to retrieve the fallen worker, but shortly after the accident, he became unresponsive and was pronounced dead.

BOEMRE inspectors flew to the platform to immediately begin its investigation into the incident with the US Coast Guard.

"This was a tragic accident, and our thoughts are with the family of the deceased employee, as well as his colleagues and other Apache personnel,” said BOEMRE Director Michael Bromwich. “This tragic accident underscores why we are continuing to work with the industry to ensure the highest safety standards on offshore facilities.”

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