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article imageFilipino worker killed, 9 more injured in Gulf oil platform fire

By Leo Reyes     Nov 19, 2012 in World
A Filipino worker at the oil platform that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico located about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, has been found dead Saturday, according to the US Coast Guard.
The oil platform fire casualty was identified as Ellroy Corporal, 42, of Iligan City, Philippines. Another Filipino worker identified as Jerome Malagapo, remains missing.
The body of the fire victim was reported to have been recovered from the bottom of the sea where the oil platform was located, according to a CNN report.
“We know that it has been more than 48 hours but we Filipinos always believe in miracles and we continue to pray that our other kababayan (countryman) will be found alive,” Philippine Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. in Washington said on Sunday in a statement.
The statement said four other injured Filipinos are being treated in a hospital in Louisiana. Philippine embassy officials said two of the four fire victims are in critical conditions while the two other are in serious condition at the Baton Rouge General Hospital.
One of the four victims being treated at the hospital identified as Wilberto Ilagan, "is conscious and in fair condition," according to Deputy Consul General Castro.
Ilagan told his attending doctors to inform his family in the Philippines that he is alive after learning in a report that he has succumbed to fire burns.
“To my relatives, to my family, and to my country, I am alive and in good health. I am burned, but my heart and lungs are healthy,” the 50-year-old Ilagan said in the message that was conveyed on his behalf by his doctors, nbcnews.com writes.
The Filipino workers are employees of Grand Isle Shipyard. Mark Pregeant, CEO of the company said the cause of the fire is still unknown and appropriate investigations are on-going.
John Hoffman, the president and CEO of Black Elk Energy, operator the oil platform said he will assist in the investigations and will help the families of the injured workers.
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