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Co. looks for worker after oil rig fire in Gulf

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The owner of an oil rig that caught fire following an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico last week says it has expanded its search for a missing worker.

Black Elk Energy says three dive boats are now working, and Plaquemines Parish sheriff's deputies are checking beaches.

In a statement emailed Sunday evening, the company said that all helicopter companies flying in the area have also been asked to keep an eye out, and that a search & rescue dog will be brought to the platform Monday.

Searchers recovered the body of a second missing worker on Saturday.

Doctors said Sunday that the condition of 1 of 4 men burned in the fire has improved to fair. Two remain in critical condition and one in serious condition.

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