Posted on July 03, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Two workers died, and one was injured in the early morning hours of June the 30th while working onboard Royal Dutch Shell’s Auger Tension Leg Platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
According to a Shell spokesperson, the incident occurred at approximately 10:00 am LT (CST), during routine mandatory testing of safety equipment at Auger TLP, located 214 nautical miles south of New Orleans.
Shell was testing the lifeboat launch and retrieval capabilities aboard their platform when the accident occurred. Two workers were immediately killed and a third one had to be hospitalized with a non-life-threatening injury.
“In the over 40 years that Shell has operated in the deepwater 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,” said a Shell spokesperson in a statement to the press.
Shell said it is in full cooperation with local federal authorities, including the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) during their investigation into the incident.
At the same time, Shell has also launched its own internal investigation so as to determine the reasons behind the tragic accident.