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Body pulled from Gulf that of oil platform worker

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 2:53pm  ET

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A body found in the Gulf of Mexico near Grand Isle has been identified as a Filipino worker missing since a Nov. 16 oil platform fire.

Lafourche Parish Coroner Dr. John King said Wednesday the person is 28-year-old Jerome Malagapo.

Malagapo had been working for Grand Isle Shipyard aboard a platform operated by Black Elk Energy.

King said identification of the body pulled from the water Monday was made from dental records. More investigation is needed to determine cause of death.

The fire killed two other workers.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and there is no ongoing oil spill at the site about 20 miles south of Grand Isle.


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