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Doctors: workers burned in platform explosion are from Philippines

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Posted: Nov 17, 2012 5:21 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Nov 17, 2012 8:24 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Baton Rouge General, four workers, explosion, oil platform, Philippines

BATON ROUGE- Doctors at Baton Rouge General say the four workers badly burned after an explosion on an oil platform Friday are from the Philippines.

The Coast Guard is still searching for two people missing from the blast that happened about 25 miles from Grand Isle.

In a press conference Saturday, doctors told News 2 all four are workers from the Philippines. They are suffering from second and third-degree burns.

Two are in critical condition, and the other two are considered serious.

The blast happened Friday morning as workers used a cutting torch on pipe.

The platform, owned by Black Elk Energy out of Houston, wasn't producing oil or gas at the time.

However the Coast Guard says about 28 gallons of oil spilled into the water as a result of the fire.

Hospital administrators would not reveal the workers' prognosis. But explained the first 48 to 72 hours after any burn case is critical.

"In a worst case scenario, they have a large percentage burn. There is involvement with the lungs. They go through numerous surgeries, we have a team approach, " says spokesperson Robin Passman.

Doctors in the burn unit say they have at least 40 years experience in working on severe burns and treat nearly three thousand patients a year.

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