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Remains of 6th Seacor Power Capsize Victim Recovered from Gulf of Mexico

The remains of another Seacor Power crew member were pulled from the Gulf of Mexico yesterday afternoon, bringing the number of confirmed dead in last Tuesday’s lift boat capsizing off the coast of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to six.

Seven additional crew members remain unaccounted for and are presumed dead.

Seacor Power Capsized South of Port Fourchon, LA

The Seacor Power, a 129-foot lift boat owned by Houston-based Seacor Marine, overturned in rough seas 8 miles off the coast of Port Fourchon around 4:30 p.m. on April 13th. Nineteen crew were aboard the lift boat for a 100-mile trip to a Talos Energy drilling platform, including six rescued from the Gulf of Mexico within hours of the capsizing.

The remains of one crew member were recovered from the water the following morning. Another body was found on April 15th, two more were recovered the next day, and a fifth was found on Monday.

Those confirmed dead were all Louisiana residents and have been identified as:

  • The Seacor Power’s Captain, a 63-year-old man from Thibodaux
  • A 31-year-old man from Franklin
  • A 69-year-old man from Arnaudville
  • A 53-year-old man from New Orleans
  • A 55-year-old man from the village of Gilbert
  • A 36-year-old man from Terrytown

U.S. Coast Guard Suspends Search for Seacor Power Survivors

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for survivors at sundown on Monday. However, private divers commissioned by Seacor Marine have continued to explore the submerged vessel. The United Cajun Navy, a civilian rescue fleet, also has two seaplanes searching from the air.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the Seacor Power tragedy. That probe will focus on several factors, including the weather at the time of the capsizing and the decision to send the vessel out despite a less-than-optimal forecast.

The Seacor Power overturned during a derecho-like storm that produced hurricane-force winds and waves as high as nine feet. Like other lift boats, the bulky vessel equipped with legs that can be lowered to the seafloor, allowing it to serve as a temporary platform. But lift boats are top-heavy when their legs are up for transport and not designed to handle rough seas.

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