In this aerial photograph, a supply vessel moves near an oil rig damaged by an explosion and fire in the Gulf of Mexico about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La. Four people were transported to a hospital with critical burns; one of them was upgraded Sunday to fair condition. Two remained in critical condition and one in serious condition, doctors say.
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NEW ORLEANS — 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-and-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 one of four men burned in the fire has improved to fair. Two remain in critical condition and one in serious condition.