A Filipino welder who went missing after an accident in an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico was found dead, the Philippine Embassy in Washington said on Wednesday (Manila time).
In a statement, the embassy said the body of 38-year-old Peter Jorge Voces was recovered by divers from the United States Coast Guard at the accident site at around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
“It is with deep sadness that we learn about the loss of our kababayan,” Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones in the Philippines.”
Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim in Chicago also extended his condolences to Voces’s family.
He assured them that the Philippine Consulate General there will facilitate the repatriation of his remains and will make the necessary representations with his employer to secure his benefits.
“We will do everything possible to bring Mr. Voces home at the soonest possible time,” Herrera-Lim said.
Both the ambassador and the consul general expressed the appreciation of the Philippine government to the US Coast Guard Sector New Orleans for leading the search and rescue operation for Voces.
The Filipino was a member of a derrick barge crew that was contracted by its subsidiary, Energy Resource Technology, to dismantle one of its platforms at Vermillion Block 200, located some 55 miles south of Freshwater Bayou in Louisiana.
Talos Energy representative David Blackmon said Voces was apparently knocked off the platform by an empty storage tank that fell with him into the waters around 100 feet deep.
The US Coast Guard informed the consulate that their divers found Voces’s body pinned in the wreckage in waters just below the platform.
The Filipino’s remains have been brought ashore and turned over to his employer, Offshore Specialty Fabricator LLC, based in Houma, Louisiana.
Voces was a registered overseas worker who was deployed as a welder/fitter by 88 Aces Maritime Services, a licensed manning company based in Manila. BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON