HOUSTON - One of the four workers seriously injured in the oil platform fire on Nov. 16 died Friday morning, according to a press release from the Philippine Embassy.
“The Embassy has been informed of the sad news that one of our kababayans injured in the November 16 incident in the Gulf of Mexico, Avelino L. Tajonera, 49, passed away early this morning in the presence of his loved ones,” Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. said. “The Filipino nation joins his family in grieving over their loss.”
Ellroy Corporal, 42, died in the fire while Jerome Malagapo, 28, has still not been found. Four were seriously injured and taken to the Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Unit, while seven others experienced minor injuries.
Tajonera was one of two workers listed in critical condition. Cuisia said that he died shortly after the arrival of his widow and three children from Manila. The cause of death of Tajonera, a welder from Dinalupihan, Bataan, was not immediately known.
Cuisia said he was informed of Tajonera’s death by Randolf Malagapo, executive manager of D&R Resources, which hired him and the other injured Filipinos to work in Louisiana’s offshore oil and gas industry.
Cuisia and Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim, of the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, assured the family that the Philippine hovernment will extend any assistance they may require, the release stated.
Herrera-Lim said in the release that three other Filipino workers who survived the incident are now back in Manila, after giving their accounts of the incident to federal investigators.