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Victims of oil platform explosion improving

8:03 PM, Nov 19, 2012   |    comments
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Baton Rouge, LA (WBRZ/CNN) - One of the more seriously burned victims of Friday's oil platform blast is improving.

Eleven workers were hurt in the explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. On Monday the hospital gave an update on the four most seriously wounded.

"On behalf of my colleagues, and our regional burn center here at Baton Rouge General, our hearts are with all the victims and their loved ones. We are now in day four of taking care of these four brave men, and we remain hopefully about their course of recovery. All four remain in the critical window of time that follows major burn injuries. But rest assured, they are in highly skilled and compassionate hands here at the regional burn center at Baton Rouge General. Our first two patients remain in critical condition with major burns. Our third patient remains in serious condition. And I am pleased to share that Mr. Wilberto Ilagan is now in good condition. And when asked for his thoughts for the world today, he stated, and I quote, 'Tell our countrymen to pray for us and our quick recovery, and that our caregivers are always with us and they are very kind to us," said Dr. Flip Roberts.

One man was found dead on the sea floor. Another worker is still missing.

Black Elk Energy, a Houston-based firm, was in charge of the platform, which was used for production, not drilling.

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