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Company Vows Continued Search Near Burned Gulf Rig

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Doctors say one of four men burned in an oil platform explosion and fire has improved to fair condition. But two remain in critical condition and one in serious condition.
    
A news release on the Baton Rouge General Medical Center's website says 50-year-old Wilberto Ilagan told Dr. Jeffrey Littleton that he wanted his family and country to know that he's alive - and, though he's burned, his heart and lungs are healthy.
    
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/ZT9WLy ) that Littleton told a news conference the other men's names are being withheld because their conditions are more serious.
    
Two workers died at the rig; the body of one has been recovered, while crews continue to search for the other. Neither has been identified.
    
Authorities have said all the workers are from the Philippines.

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