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Nov 17, 2012 11:07 PM by Maddie Garrett

US Coast Guard: Divers Found Body Near Platform

The US Coast Guard confirmed to KATC that an unidentified body has been found in the water near the oil platform that caught fire Friday morning. A Coast Guard spokesperson says divers contracted by Black Elk Energy discovered human remains while inspecting the platform structure Saturday evening. The Coast Guard says it's not clear if the body is that of one of the missing workers, and the discovery has nothing to do with the search being called off.

Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash told The Associated Press that the search was ended at about 5:25 p.m. CST Saturday. Helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft had been searching a 1,400-square-mile area around the platform by air, while cutters and boat crews searched the sea, over a 32-hour period.


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