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.