A welder injured in an explosion on an oil platform off the Louisiana coast two weeks ago has died -- only hours after his family had arrived at his bedside, the Philippines Embassy announced.
"We were very saddened to learn Avelino Tajonera, one of the workers injured in the Nov. 16 incident, passed away last night, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family," Black Elk Energy said in a statement Saturday. "We continue to work in close cooperation with government officials to understand exactly what happened in this incident."
Tajonera, 49, is the explosion's second fatality. He was working on the Black Elk Energy oil platform Nov. 16 when workers cutting through a pipe apparently ignited triggered an explosion.
The body of Ellroy Corporal, 42, was discovered in the water under the platform by divers on Nov. 17. A third worker, Jerome Malagapo, 28, is still missing. The U.S. Coast Guard halted its search for him last weekend. Nine others, including, Tajonera, were injured.