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Search ends for 11 missing oil rig workers off La.

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) - The Coast Guard is calling off its search for 11 workers missing since an explosion on an oil rig off the Louisiana coast.

Rear Adm. Mary Landry calls it a very difficult decision.

The Coast Guard said Friday crews had spent three days searching a large area surrounding the rig, but could not find the missing 11. Coast Guard officials searched by air and sea, hoping the workers had made it to a lifeboat after the explosion.

Transocean Ltd. owns the platform. Nearly 100 made it off the Deepwater Horizon safely after Tuesday night's blast. Seventeen others were hurt.

The Coast Guard says it will resume the search if any ships in the area see anything.

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