Divers find 3rd body after blast at German chemical plant

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  • A huge cloud of dark smoke seen  at the BASF chemical plant site in  Ludwigshafen, Germany, Monday Oct. 17,  2016. The company said that several people were injured in a late-morning explosion.  ( Ulli Ziegenfuss/dpa via AP)

    A huge cloud of dark smoke seen at the BASF chemical plant site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Monday Oct. 17, 2016. The company said that several people were injured in a late-morning explosion. ( Ulli Ziegenfuss/dpa via AP) (The Associated Press)

  • Smoke and fire rise from a facility belonging to chemical firm BASF in Ludwigshafen, southwestern Germany, Monday Oct. 17, 2016. The company said that several people were injured in a late-morning explosion. (Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa via AP)

    Smoke and fire rise from a facility belonging to chemical firm BASF in Ludwigshafen, southwestern Germany, Monday Oct. 17, 2016. The company said that several people were injured in a late-morning explosion. (Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa via AP) (The Associated Press)

  • Firefighters extinguish flames during a fire at BASF chemical plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Monday Oct. 17, 2016. The company said that several people were injured in a late-morning explosion.  (Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa via AP)

    Firefighters extinguish flames during a fire at BASF chemical plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Monday Oct. 17, 2016. The company said that several people were injured in a late-morning explosion. (Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa via AP) (The Associated Press)

Divers have recovered the body of a person missing since the blast at a chemical plant in southwest Germany on Monday, raising the death toll to three.

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German chemical giant BASF said in a statement Wednesday that the body was found in the river harbor close to the site of the explosion at the sprawling plant near Ludwigshafen.

The company said it was working with the authorities to determine the cause of the blast, which took place after a fire at a pipeline that connected storage tanks to an area where liquids are unloaded from ships on the river Rhine.

Eight people were seriously injured, some with severe burns, and another 17 had light injuries.