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Body pulled from Gulf is identified as missing platform worker

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In this aerial photograph, a supply vessel moves near an oil rig damaged by an explosion and fire, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, in the Gulf of Mexico about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) In this aerial photograph, a supply vessel moves near an oil rig damaged by an explosion and fire, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, in the Gulf of Mexico about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Lafourche Parish Coroner's Office has positively identified the body of a man recovered from the Gulf of Mexico as that of a worker missing from the Black Elk platform fire. A spokesman says the body is that of Jerome Malagapo, one of three people killed in the November 16th fire and  explosion.

The Coast Guard says the body was spotted Monday by the crew of a supply vessel about 2.5 miles off Grand Isle.

The two other workers killed in the accident include Ellroy Corporal, whose body was found in the Gulf near the platform. Avelino Tajonera was critically burned and died at a Baton Rouge hospital on Nov. 23.

All of the men were working for Grand Isle Shipyard Inc., which was under contract with Texas-based Black Elk Energy to refurbish the platform.

The platform had been shut down for maintenance work when the fire broke out. It is in about 50 feet of water about 20 miles south of Grand Isle.

The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is investigating the cause of the Black Elk Energy fire. The accident that set off the fire did not result in a continuous leak of oil.

Federal regulators told Black Elk last week that it needs to improve safety at its offshore operations, saying the company has been cited numerous times for incidents in which it failed to comply with regulations.

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