NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) - An early morning accident on the Shell Auger Tension Leg Platform resulted in the death of two people and injured a third person Sunday, June 30.
A spokesperson for Shell said the accident occurred around 10 a.m. Sunday during a routine and mandatory test of lifeboat launch and retrieval capabilities at the Shell Auger Tension Leg Platform (TLP), which is located 214 miles south of New Orleans in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Of the two fatalities, one was a Shell employee and the other was a contractor with Danos, a Louisiana based oilfield service provider.
The injured person, a Shell employee, was treated at a nearby hospital and later released.
Specifics about the accident were not immediately released, however there is no anticipated impact to the surrounding environment.
Both Danos and Shell said they will not release details about the deceased out of respect for family members.