U.S. Coast Guard searches for missing rig worker


U.S. Coast Guard searches for missing rig worker

NEW ORLEANS -- Coast Guard crews and offshore supply vessels are searching for a crewmember reported missing from a platform 55 mi south of Freshwater Bayou.

Missing is Peter Voces, 38, last seen wearing an orange work vest, jeans and a brown shirt.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report of a crewmember seen going into the water from a platform in Vermillion Block 200.

Search-and-rescue resources are:
• The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutters Pompano and Skipjack;
• Two HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft crews from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala.;
• Two MH-65 Dolphin crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans;
• The offshore supply vessels Captain Bill and Becky Cabarella and four additional offshore supply vessels.

"The Coast Guard, in coordination with the civilian good Samaritans vessels, are aggressively searching for Mr. Voces," Cmdr. Ken Blair, search-and-rescue mission coordinator with Sector New Orleans, said in a press release yesterday.

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