Divers inspecting a Black Elk Energy oil platform that burst into flames in the Gulf of Mexico recovered a body from the water under the platform Saturday night, Coast Guard officials said.
Black Elk officials were not immediately available to confirm whether the body was that of one of two missing workers not seen since Friday’s explosion. The body was discovered hours after the Coast Guard had called off its search, which covered 1,400 square miles.
The platform, located off the Louisiana shore about 20 miles southeast of Grand Isle, was rocked Friday by an explosion and fire as workers cut through a pipe. Black Elk is based in Houston.
The platform had been shut down since mid-August, company officials said, leaving authorities little concern about an oil spill.
Only about seven gallons of oil spilled into the water, Coast Guard officials said.