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November 21st, 2012

Search For Missing Oil Rig Worker Called Off

The search has been halted for a contractor  missing after an explosion on an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana. The worker had been missing since Friday.

Jerome Malagapo, of the Philippines, was an employee of Grand Isle Shipyard Inc. and was working as a contractor on the rig, owned by Houston-based Black Elk Energy. One worker was confirmed dead and 11 injured in explosion. The U.S. Coast Guard called off its search over the weekend, but Black Elk had continued to look for Malagapo.

Four workers were still being treated for burns at the Baton Rouge Medical Center. There were 24 workers on the platform when the incident occurred. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

 

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