Pinoy worker missing after falling off from oil rig

Posted at 10/29/13 11:40 AM

MANILA - The Philippine Embassy in Washington DC said the United States Coast Guard is searching for the Pinoy worker who went missing after falling off an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday evening.

"We have been assured by the US Coast Guard that they are searching aggressively for our missing kababayan," said Ambassador Jose Cuisia.

Cuisia said they were informed that the coast guard search for the 38-year old Pinoy welder is ongoing and involves two cutters, two helicopters, two fixed-wing aircraft and six civilian offshore supply vessels.

The ambassador declined to identify the missing Filipino pending notification of his next of kin. He said the Pinoy is a registered overseas worker hired by Offshore Specialty Fabricators based in Houma, Louisiana.

"We hope and pray that they will find him tomorrow," he said.

Lt. Steve Arguelles of the US Coast Guard Sector New Orleans told the embassy that the missing Filipino accidentally fell into the Gulf of Mexico while working at the oil platform at around 7:30 p.m.

The accident, Cuisia said, comes almost a year after three Filipino oil workers died and three others were seriously injured in an explosion at another offshore oil platform also off the coast of Louisiana.