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Body found near site of oil platform blast

  • Divers recovered a body under the oil rig's platform
  • The cause of the explosion is still under investigation
A body believed to be one of the missing crewmembers from an oil platform blast in the Gulf of Mexico was found Saturday night.

There's a tragic update from Friday's oil platform blast in the Gulf of Mexico. The platform manager said divers found the body of a man who is believed to be one of two missing crew members. The men disappeared after the explosion.

The unidentified body was discovered Saturday night on the floor of the Gulf, according to Black Elk Energy's President and CEO John Hoffman. The executive also added that the company is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard to recover the body.

The fire injured at least 11 people, and one other crew member remains missing. The platform workers were airlifted to hospitals. Some of the injuries reported include major burns. The Coast Guard said the explosion spilled approximately 28 gallons of fuel near the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana. The cause of the blast is under investigation.

CNN's Wires team contributed to the reporting in this article.

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