OMNI Confirms Loss of Helicopter

OMNI Energy Services reported today that a Bell 206L-I, from its fleet of helicopters based in Abbeville, LA, crashed at approximately 2 pm, Thursday, June 24, 2004, just south of Southwest Pass while en route to Intracostal City, LA. The pilot and one passenger on board have been confirmed dead. A search for a second passenger is continuing at this time.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is on the scene of the accident as are Company officials attempting to retrieve the wreckage. The cause of the accident has not been determined as the NTSB is in the early stages of its investigation.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those on board in this terribly unfortunate accident. We extend our sympathy to all of the families, co-workers and friends touched by this loss of life. OMNI is doing all it can to assist the NTSB in determining what happened," said James C. Eckert, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

OMNI operates a fleet of 29 helicopters from bases in Louisiana and Texas to transport equipment and personnel to work sites for oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

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