Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA, RDSB) said Monday that two workers died in an incident in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast.

"It is with deep sadness that we report two fatalities as a result of an incident this morning at the Shell Auger Tension Leg Platform," the company said in an emailed statement.

The incident occurred Sunday morning, some 214 miles south of New Orleans during a "routine and mandatory test of our lifeboat launch and retrieval capabilities," Shell said.

A third worker received non-life-threatening injuries and is being treated at a nearby hospital, the company said.

Shell's website said the company's Gulf of Mexico operations include operating five major deep-water and ultra-deep-water production hubs, three fixed platforms, numerous subsea production systems, and one of the gulf's largest contracted drilling rig fleets.

"The core of our daily work in deep-water Gulf of Mexico consists of producing oil and gas using our existing production facilities," it said, noting the company's been in deep-water Gulf of Mexico for over 40 years.

 

Write to Dan Molinski at dan.molinski@wsj.com

 

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