Firefighting

Company Continues Search for Missing Worker After Oil Rig Fire

The owner of an oil platform that caught fire after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico last week said that it has expanded its search for a missing worker, reports the Associated Press.

Three dive boats are now working around the burned platform and Plaquemines Parish sheriff’s deputies are checking beaches, Black Elk Energy of Houston said in an email statement.

All helicopter companies flying in the area have been asked to keep an eye out, and a search-and-rescue dog will be brought to the platform Monday.

Doctors report that one of four men burned in the fire is improving and is now in fair condition. Two remained in critical condition and one in serious condition.

The body of a second missing worker was found Saturday and turned over to the Jefferson Parish coroner, added the company, which said it is cooperating with investigators.

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