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Injured oil platform worker releases statement

3 years ago November 18, 2012 Nov 18, 2012 Sunday, November 18 2012 Sunday, November 18, 2012 9:55:54 AM CST in News
By: Troy Gaulden

BATON ROUGE - Doctors at Baton Rouge General updated the condition of the four workers that were burned in an oil platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a press conference Sunday, doctors said two are in critical condition. One is in serious condition and the other was upgraded to fair condition.

One of the victims' identity was released.  Wilberto Ilagan, 50, of the Philippines released a statement: "To my relatives, to my family and to my country, I am alive and in good health. I am burned, but my heart and lungs are healthy."

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.

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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