Coast Guard launches investigation into deaths aboard Shell Auger in U.S. Gulf

Crewmembers aboard the Auger were testing the facility’s lifeboat recovery system when a malfunction occurred resulting in the loss of two lives. A Shell employee and a contractor with Danos Inc, an offshore service provider, were killed during a routine test of a lifeboat launch and retrieval capabilities at the platform located 214 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, Shell said in a statement.

The Coast Guard’s Eighth District is responsible for ensuring that firefighting, life-saving and stability systems are operational onboard oil production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico.

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