Search ongoing for missing Filipino oil rig worker

By Balita America Staff

Oct. 29, 2013

HOUMA, La – Just two weeks before the first anniversary of the explosion at the Black Elk facility in Louisiana, where three Filipino oil workers died and three others were seriously injured, a Filipino welder has gone missing Sunday evening after an accident on a rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. coast guard says 38-year old Peter Jorge E. Voces was knocked about a hundred feet off an oil platform when an empty tank barrel fell on him.

The Philippine Embassy spoke with the coast guard and said the accident site is located some 55 miles south of freshwater bayou, between Lake Charles and Baton Rouge—about 154 miles from last year’s accident site.

The coast guard said the search for Voces is ongoing and involves two cutters, two helicopters, two fixed-wing aircrafts and six civilian offshore supply vessels.

The Phlippine Embassy and Balitang America are still trying to contact Offshore Specialty Fabricators LLC of Houma where Voces works.

It is not yet determined where Voces is from in the Philippines.

But the Philippine Embassy said 88 Aces Maritime Services—Voces’ agency in Manila—confirms that he has a wife who has been informed of the accident.

The embassy said it is also planning to send a representative to Louisiana to look into this.

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