135) When the Fifth Circuit later addressed the death of an oilfield worker on a platform located in the Gulf of Mexico about fifty miles off the Louisiana coast, the Fifth Circuit followed the rationale from Snipes and held that the Death on the High Seas Act applied.
The court held: "The important part of the Rodrigue holding for present purposes, however, is that accidents on offshore platforms, wherever they are located, are not within maritime jurisdiction as defined in the Death on the High Seas Act.
In view of the somewhat ambiguous language of the statute itself and the apparent lack of authority on the point, we hesitate to conclude whether a tort occurring within foreign territorial waters comes within the purview of the Death on the High Seas Act.
Congress passed the Death on the High Seas Act in 1920 to provide a corresponding remedy for deaths occurring outside of the reach of state law.
A bill introduced into the House of Representatives would have made "the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) inapplicable to aviation incidents, thereby broadening the circumstances under which relatives can seek compensation for the death of a family member in an aviation incident over the ocean.
278) The amendment to the Death on the High Seas Act reflects Congress' intent to provide a more generous recovery for deaths arising out of commercial aviation disasters than for deaths occurring in other marine accidents.
Jurisdiction under the Death on the High Seas Act then attached at decedent's death.
1059, 1061 (1978) ("It passed the Death on the High Seas Act .