Feds: 1 dead in accident on drillship in Gulf of Mexico

The Associated Press

Two federal agencies are investigating an accident that killed a man on a ship drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the agency that oversees offshore drilling.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two federal agencies are investigating an accident that killed a man on a ship drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the agency that oversees offshore drilling.

Nobody else was hurt in the 10:15 a.m. accident Tuesday on the drillship Pacific Santa Ana, said Amy Roddy, spokeswoman for the owner, Pacific Drilling SA of Houston.

She said the company is not releasing any details about the man to respect his family's privacy. She also refused to disclose how the man died or details of the accident, citing an ongoing investigation.

The ship is working for Chevron, and drilling has been shut down because of the investigation, she said.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a statement Tuesday that the crew was starting to drill in 4,800 feet of water, about 200 miles south of Lake Charles, when the accident occurred. The statement did not reveal the nature of the accident, but said the bureau and U.S. Coast Guard were investigating. The statement said there were no reports of pollution.

According to Pacific Drilling's website, the Pacific Santa Ana can carry up to 200 people, can operate in up to 12,000 feet of water, and is equipped to drill as deep as 35,000 feet. It is among eight drillships owned by the company.

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