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Feb 18, 2011 12:01 AM by Maddie Garrett

Acadiana Man Dies Offshore; Family Speaks to KATC

An off shore worker from Breaux Bridge died on a platform south of Lake Charles Wednesday morning. The family of Joseph Bruno said they're still in shock after finding out their father and husband had died in an accident doing the job he loved.

"He was a loving father, loving step father and a loving husband," said Bruno's sister-in-law, Patricia Brooks-Bonner.

Bruno was also a patriot, serving several years in the U.S. Army. Brooks-Bonner said he worked hard to provide for his family, even in dangerous circumstances.

"That was his heart and soul, working off shore. And he would always tell us the dangers of working out there in the middle of nowhere but that was his passion," she said.

Bruno was a fire watcher for H.I.S. Fire and Safety Company out of Delcambre. Apache Corporation had hired H.I.S. to do maintenance work on its platform this year.

Apache said Bruno was on a swing rope, moving from a vessel to a platform when he fell into the Gulf waters. Apache reported he was wearing a flotation device and other workers were able to pull him from the water alive. But then he became unresponsive and soon died on the platform.

"This is a tragic accident, we work everyday to operate in a safe manner and avoid accidents. We don't know why this accident occurred, there is an investigation and we are cooperating with the authorities to find out why this occurred," said Patrick Cassidy, Apache Corp. Manager of Public Affairs.

Brooks-Bonner said they couldn't believe the terrible news.

"This is just a shock to all of us. My sister says there were so many things they had planned on doing and she feels like they were cut short and taken away from her," she said.

Things like taking his youngest daughter to her first day of school when he returned home from working offshore. Brooks-Bonner said they will miss him greatly, and will somehow make it through as a family.

"It's just our faith and our belief in God and that he's in control of all things and that's what's keeping us together right now," said Brooks-Bonner.

H.I.S. President Hughes Desormeaux told KATC they are "very saddened by this loss," and their "thoughts and prayers go out to the family."

"You know life is too short and if you do have loved ones that are working off shore continue to pray for them," said Brooks-Bonner.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) is looking into the incident on Apache Corporation's natural gas production platform WC 575A. It's stil not clear what caused Bruno to fall.

Funeral arrangements for Joseph Bruno have been made for Sunday, February 20, 2011, at Kinchen Funeral Home in Breaux Bridge. Viewing is from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., services start at 10:00 a.m..



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