Nov 16, 2012 7:55 PM by Jenise Fernandez
It was a waiting game for many families in Acadiana, wondering if their loved ones offshore were safe. I spoke with Deena Melancon, whose son and brother work for Black Elk Energy. Both were offshore during the explosion.
Melancon says when her son, Bryce Melancon and brother Wiley Hayes are sent offshore, they hop around from platform to platform, so she never knows exactly where they are. Her husband called her this morning to tell her about the explosion. Shortly after, she found out her son was safe, but hadn't heard from her brother. About an hour passed then she got the call she was hoping for: Wiley was safe. It turns out, neither was on the platform that caught fire. Melancon says it's been a whirlwind day filled with a lot of tears. And she empathizes with families still waiting to hear for their loved ones.
"Having a son out there, he's my only son. I know he has to support his family, but I worry. A mom always worries," said Melancon.
Her brother wasn't too far from the explosion and he knows some of the workers onboard. Her son and brother are expected to return home next week.
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