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16/11/2012: 13 Filipinos Injured, 2 Missing in Louisiana Oil Rig Blast

PRESS RELEASE
WDC-178-2012
16 November 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy is confirming reports that at least 15 Filipinos were among those injured or missing following an explosion and fire that hit an oil platform off the coast of Louisiana this morning, the Philippine Embassy said.

Initial unofficial reports reaching the Philippine Embassy said that four of the 15 Filipinos are in critical condition while two are missing as a result of the incident that took place 25 miles off Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Embassy said aircraft and vessels from the United States Coast Guard are still searching for the two missing Filipinos.

“The Philippine Overseas Labor Office here at the Embassy has been informed that the medical needs of the workers are being taken care of. The Philippine Consulate General in Chicago has also been informed about the incident and is now monitoring developments there,” Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said in a statement.

Information reaching the Embassy said the Filipinos are employees of Grand Isle Shipyard Inc. and are all being treated in hospitals in Louisiana at the moment.

Ambassador Cuisia said neither the company nor the US Coast Guard has released the names of the injured or missing. No death has also so far been reported.

News reports said the explosion took place while the workers were using a cutting torch atop the oil production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, said to be an independent oil and gas company based in Houston. ###