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A person takes photos after the explosion on a gas platform in Lake Pontchartrain where seven people were rushed to hospital, with five in critical condition, and one person is still missing in Kenner, La. Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday night for Timothy Morrison, the 44-year-old Katy, Texas man unaccounted for after an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner Sunday. 

The search was suspended at 7:15 p.m. after searching the area for hours with multiple resources and assets. 

"The decision to suspend a search is never an easy one," Coast Guard Commander Zac Ford said. "We send our thoughts and prayers to the Morrison family and all those affected by this incident." 

Coast Guard pilots from Air Station New Orleans flew over the oil platform area Monday and reported no visible signs of pollution. The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the area for any potential pollution.