Covering Louisiana

Nov 19, 2012 2:57 PM by associated press

Filipino worker killed in offshore fire identified

The embassy of the Philippines in Washington has released the identity of a worker killed in a fiery offshore explosion off the coast of Louisiana. In a news release on the embassy website, he was identified as 42-year-old Elroy Corporal. Meanwhile, the embassy said it holds out hope that a Filipino worker missing since Friday's accident will be found alive. Platform owner Black Elk Energy said it planned to take a search-and-rescue dog aboard its fire-damaged offshore platform Monday, trying to find signs of the worker. In addition to the one dead and one missing worker, four Filipino contract workers were being treated in Baton Rouge for serious burns. One of them has been identified as 50-year-old Wilberto Ilagan, who was in fair condition.

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