Jan 14, 2010 4:06 PM by Sarah Rosario

Update: Offshore Platform Fire and Fatality

A man is dead and two others injured after an oil rig fire this morning. The family of 34-year-old Frank Richard is now planning a funeral.

The fire happened in Cameron Parish off the coast of Grand Chenier. All three men were found about one mile west of the burning platform. The platform is called East Cameron #2. This platform belongs to Apache and is operated by Island Operators out of Lafayette.

Cameron Sheriffs officials say 40-year-old Joseph Stone of American Fork, Utah and 29-year-old Joel Portie of Jennings were brought to South Cameron Hospital and treated. Frank Richard of Crowley was given CPR, but was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Both Portie and Stone have been released from the hospital. Portie's family says he suffered severe hypothermia.

Island Operating Company gave us a letter they sent to employees,

"To all Island employees:
It is with sadness that we inform you that Frank A. Richard, of Crowley, LA, died this morning after a fire ignited on the platform that he worked on. No details are yet available as to the causation. An investigation is underway.
Frank has been a member of the Island team since February 2008. Sincerest sympathies go out to Frank's daughter, parents, family and friends.
Details regarding services will be forthcoming."

The investigation is being handled by the Cameron Parish Sheriff's department.



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