Worker burned in Gulf oil platform fire dies

November 24, 2012 6:33:37 AM PST
The Philippine ambassador says one of the men critically burned in an offshore oil platform fire has died in Louisiana.

The ambassador, Jose L. Cuisia Jr., says in a news release that 49-year-old Avelino Tajonera died Friday, shortly after his wife and three children arrived from Manila.

Three other men remain hospitalized. The ambassador says their families are in Baton Rouge.

The explosion and fire Nov. 16 also killed 42-year-old Ellroy Corporal, whose body was found in the waters nearby. The search for another man, 28-year-old Jerome Malagapo, was called off.

The embassy quotes Consul General Herrera-Lim as saying three Filipino workers who survived the fire are back in Manila after giving statements to federal authorities investigating the fire.


Black Elk Energy, the Houston-based company that owns the platform, released the following statement Saturday:

We were very saddened to learn Avelino Tajonera, one of the workers injured in the Nov. 16, 2012, incident, passed away last night, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We continue to work in close cooperation with government officials to understand exactly what happened in this incident.

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