Quantcast
Latest Stories

Search on for Cebuano in Gulf oil rig accident


Three days after the oil rig accident in the Gulf of Mexico in the US, a search and rescue operation continues for missing Cebuano worker Jerome Malagapo.

A statement from the DnR Offshore Crewing Services said Malagapo was one of six Filipino workers in the offshore oil platform that caught fire last Nov. 18.

Another Filipino, Ellroy Corporal of Iligan City in Lanao del Norte was found dead. Corporal’s body is now in New Orleans.

Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia said three days after the incident, search efforts for the other missing Filipino contract worker continue.

“We know that it has been more than 48 hours but we Filipinos always believe in miracles and we continue to pray that our other kababayan will be found alive,” Cuisia said.

Cuisia earlier asked  US authorities to resume their search efforts for the missing Filipino worker after the US Coast Guard called it off last Saturday evening following a 32-hour operation.

He said the Pentagon informed the Office of the Defense and Armed Forces Attaché, under Brig. Gen. Cesar Yano, the US Coast Guard still had assets that were monitoring the situation in the area.

Cuisia said yesterday that Black Elk Energy dispatched two vessels and several divers to continue with their own search efforts.

In critical condition

In his earlier statements, Cuisia said Deputy Consul General Orontes Castro Jr. of the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, Welfare Officer Saul de Vries and Asst. Labor Officer Oliver Flores of the embassy in Washington flew into New Orleans on Sunday afternoon (Monday morning in Manila) to attend to the remains of the lone Filipino fatality and to monitor the search for a missing worker.

The officials also met with doctors of Baton Rouge General Hospital, where four Filipino workers were being treated for serious burns sustained during the incident.

Cuisia said Dr. Flip Roberts, Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Jeffrey Littleton, Burn Surgeon and Chair of the Department of Surgery, informed the officials that two of four Filipinos remained in critical condition at the hospital’s Regional Burn Unit while one was in serious condition.

The hospital said the four patients were considered to have major burns and remained in the critical window of time that follows major burn injuries and were continuing on normal courses of treatment.

Meanwhile, 50-year-old Wilberto Ilagan, the fourth Filipino worker being treated at the hospital, had been moved out of the serious list and is now in “fair condition.”

“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 embassy quoted Ilagan as saying. Ilagan reportedly conveyed his message to Dr. Littleton.

DFA Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez, in a press briefing at the DFA main office in Pasay, said that the families of those who were affected had been informed and would be provided with adequate assistance.

In an e-mail statement, Jesse Collera, human resources manager and head of corporate communications of DnR Offshore and Crewing Services, Inc., the local manning agency of Grand Isle Shipyard, said the company was in touch with the families.

“We have assured the relatives that the necessary compensation and benefits for the sustained injuries will be given (including counseling),” Collera said.

“The company is presently assisting them in securing the necessary travel documents including visas in order to bring them immediately to the site,” he added. Inquirer with reports from BenCyrus G. Ellorin


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Accidents , Gulf oil rig




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Opinions split on Napoles turning state witness
  3. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  4. Plunder complaint filed vs PNP chief, firearms office head over license delivery deal
  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  6. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  10. Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
Advertisement

News

  • PNP chief on plunder raps: ‘Amateurish’
  • Makati readies 12-month traffic plan for Skyway 3
  • Heard on Radyo Inquirer 990AM
  • Did you know
  • HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces, force do-or-die tiff
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • Entering the monkhood a rite of passage
  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Entertainment

  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • From prison to the peak of success
  • ‘Asedillo’ location thrives
  • Business

  • PH banks not ready for Asean integration
  • Stocks down on profit-taking
  • Banks allowed to use ‘cloud’
  • SMIC to issue P15-B bonds
  • Honda upgrades PH plant
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • 19 Ukrainians, Russians, Filipinas rescued in bar raid
  • Filipinos coming home from Mideast must obtain MERS clearance – DOH
  • US Secret Service in Manila ahead of Obama visit
  • Palace thanks Estrada for successful HK mission
  • Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement