Two Dead After Accident on Shell Platform
Two people were killed in an accident on the Shell Auger Tension Leg Platform Sunday morning.
Shell reported the tragedy happened around 9 am during a "routine and mandatory test" of the platform's lifeboat launch.
As of Sunday night, Shell had not released the names of the victims. There was one other person hurt, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
The platform is located in the Gulf of Mexico, about 214 miles south of New Orleans.
Shell released the following statement in regards to the accident:
In the over forty years that Shell has operated in the deep water Gulf of Mexico we have strived, above all, to ensure our people go home safely to their loved ones. It’s devastating when they do not. We deeply regret this loss of life within our Shell family and community.