Embassy identifies worker killed in oil platform fire

The Filipino contract worker killed in an oil platform fire in the Gulf of Mexico Friday has been identified as Elroy Corporal, 42, according to the Embassy of the Philippines.

Corporal was working for Grand Isle Shipyard, a Louisiana oilfield contractor that was performing maintenance on the platform, owned by Houston-based Black Elk Energy. A fire broke out on the platform Friday morning, 20 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.

Corporal’s body is being held at the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office near New Orleans. A representative for the coroner said the office has not made a positive identification of the body, yet.

The embassy said an autopsy will be performed today and then Corporal’s body will be repatriated to the Philippines. He leaves behind a wife, Mary Jean, and two children in Iligan City, Philippines, according to the embassy.

One worker is still missing and four others are seriously injured. All of those workers are Filipino and employees of Grand Isle Shipyard. Two remain in critical condition and one in serious condition in the burn unit of the Baton Rouge General Hospital.

Black Elk is still looking for the missing worker, though the United States Coast Guard suspended its search on Saturday.

“We know that it has been more than 48 hours but we Filipinos always believe in miracles and we continue to pray that our other kababayan will be found alive,” said Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., using the Filipino word for countryman.