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Gulf of Mexico Black Elk oil rig fire claims second victim

• Associated Press via The Guardian

A man who suffered critical burns after a rig fire in the Gulf of Mexico has died in hospital, becoming the second confirmed victim of the blaze. The Philippine ambassador said in a news release that 49-year-old Avelino Tajonera succumbed to his injuries on Friday, shortly after his wife and three children arrived from Manila.

Three other men remain hospitalized following the fire of 16 November on the offshore platform owned by Black Elk Energy. The fire is known to have killed 42-year-old Ellroy Corporal, whose body was discovered last weekend. The search for a third employee, 28-year-old Jerome Malagapo, was called off a few days ago.


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