Body identified as missing oil platform worker
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A body found Monday 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 says the body is 28-year-old Jerome Malagapo.
Malagapo had been working for Grand Isle Shipyard aboard a platform operated by Black Elk Energy about 20 miles south of Grand Isle.
King said Wednesday that the identification was made from dental records and more investigation is needed to determine cause of death.
The fire killed two other workers. Ellroy Corporal’s body was found in the Gulf near the platform. Avelino Tajonera was critically burned and died at a hospital on Nov. 23.
Cause of the fire is under investigation. There is no ongoing oil spill at the site.