On June 11, a fatal helicopter crash took place in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 90 miles south of Houma, Louisiana. The helicopter, owned by Westwind Helicopters, was only a couple hundred yards away from an offshore production platform in South Timabalier Block 317 when it went down. Wood Group, the operator of the platform, had a transportation contract with the Texas-based helicopter company, which was reportedly en route to the platform to refuel and pick up another passenger.
After extensive search and rescue efforts from responders, Westwind released a statement with tragic news on June 12, informing the media that “The deceased have been recovered thanks to the tireless efforts of U.S. Coast Guard first responders and others on the scene. Westwind is saddened to report that its pilot, George LeLoup of Britt, Minn., was killed along with Rory Bourgeois, an HVAC Technician with BNA Marine Services.” Investigation into the cause of the crash is currently underway.
Helicopter Accidents Pose Real Risks for Workers on Rigs and Platforms in the Gulf of Mexico
This accident is only one of multiple helicopter transport accidents to take place this spring, and it’s clear that workers face real dangers at work—whether on the platform or during transport to and from the worksite. If you or a family member needs help after an injury related to work on an offshore rig, our experienced Houston legal team is available to provide answers to your questions today. Simply reach out to us by phone or email, or connect with us on Facebook for additional news, tips, and updates.
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