Gulf Of Mexico, LA Helicopter Crashes Off Coast, Apr 1976

TWELVE FEARED LOST IN HELICOPTER CRASH IN GULF.

Cameron, La. (AP) -- A helicopter carrying 12 persons, including five Texans, to an oil company drilling platform crashed into the Gulf of Mexico Friday and searchers said there was no sign of survivors. It was the second tragedy involving Louisiana off-shore oil workers in eight days.
Four bodies were found floating amid debris from the helicopter. Teams searched for eight others.
The craft, a Bell 205 owned by Petroleum Helicopters, Inc., went down 60 miles south of Cameron, a small town on the Louisiana coast near the Texas border. The pilot was identified as WALTER BARGER, of Nederland, Tex.
The others on board were employed by Dolphin International, Inc., of Lafayette, La. A company spokesman identified them as:
JOE COSTLOW, 47, of LaRue, Tex.; CLIFFORD MILLS, 22, of Collinsville, Tex.; JERRY WILSON, 24, of Whitesboro, Tex.; G. FLORENCE, of Gordonsville, Tex.; CONRAD KROLL, 48, of Abbeville, La.; GERALD TAYLOR, 27, of Olla, La.; V. H. POOLE, 43, Jena, La.; TERRY BROWN, 22, of Broussard, La.; D. W. MULLEN, 37, of Brookhaven, Miss.; CHARLES DUNAWAY, 28, of Jayess, Miss.; and BOBBY RAY COLEMAN, 28, of Jonesboro, La.
In New Orleans, word of the deaths rippled through a Coast Guard hearing where testimony was being taken about the sinking of an offshore oil rig last Thursday. Thirteen persons died in that incident.
A spokesman for Petroleum Helicopters, Inc., owners of the helicopter, said there was no indication as to why the craft went down. A dispatcher monitoring the radio said he heard a switch click open on a microphone and then heard a loud noise.

Valley Morning Star Harlingen Texas 1976-04-24

Comments

Gerald Taylor

My name is Korey Preston, I am Gerald Taylor's son. I never met him because of events that preceded this accident. I would love to chat with you if at all possible if you can remember him. Please let me know my email is [email protected].
Thank you
Korey Preston

Gerald Taylor

Mr.Coleman,
My name is Korey Preston, I am Herald Taylor's son. I never met him because of events that preceded this accident. I would love to chat with you if at all possible if you can remember him. Please let me know my email is [email protected].
Thank you
Korey Preston

Bobby Ray Coleman

It's been a very long time, but I worked with all the guys. Tell me a little bit about Bobby, and I'll see if I can remember him. (What he looked like...his job on the rig)I was listed as the twelfth Dolhpin International employee on that fatal flight, but I missed the flight. I do have a picture that I took of the helicopter as it was getting ready to lift off for it's final and fatal flight.

Bobby Ray Coleman

Anyone with information about Bobby Ray Coleman, could you please email me? I would like to know any information.