Sep 2, 2010 7:28 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Platform Worker's Family Shares Their Story

Two men from Geuydan were on the platform that caught on fire today--Joseph Breaux and Dewey Dupree.

"My daddy's my life. It's always been all three of us--my mom and him," Amanda Dupree explained.

She tells KATC that today she feared for her dad, Dewey Dupree's, life after hearing his platform was on fire.

She said, "my mamma called me and she was freaking out saying that my daddy's rig exploded."

Dewey's sister-in-law, Staci Dupree, said, "we didn't know much, but then a Mariner lady called and said he was fine."

After the call from Mariner, Dewey called himself.

"When he called mamma he said he was still at the other platform and he said they were tired," Amanda said.

Dewey said all thirteen men jumped off the platform and swam to safety.

"You think the worst especially on a platform form like that, not many people survive," Amanda said.

Amanda's mother and brother headed to meet Dewey at the hospital. They said he wasn't hurt, but they couldn't just sit at home and wait.

"I'm concerned, it's just the line of work they're in--things like that happen," Staci said.

Dupree's family doesn't think this will stop him from working offshore in the future.



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