seacor power search

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris, a pre-commissioned 154-foot Fast Reponse Cutter, pulls a person from the water April 13, 2021 after a 175-foot commercial lift boat capsized 8 miles south of Port Fourchon Louisiana. The Coast Guard and multiple good Samaritan vessels responded to the capsized vessel and searched for multiple missing people in the water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris)

SEACOR Power Search Continuing Overnight

Mike Schuler
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April 15, 2021

Update (6:19 p.m. CDT): Divers knocked on the hull of the SEACOR Power on Thursday without hearing a response. Dive operations have been secured for today to plan to resume Friday. The Coast Guard is continuing the search overnight with air and surface assets.

Sadly there’s not much new news in the search for 12 people still missing from the SEACOR Power.

A Coast Guard update on Thursday said the search is continuing in the Gulf of Mexico south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

Divers are on scene today to conduct an assessment and begin operations in support of the ongoing search and rescue effort.

“Coast Guard air and surface assets continued to search overnight, and the search will continue throughout the day. Coast Guard crews have searched for a combined 70 hours covering approximately 6,380 square miles, an area roughly the size of Hawaii,” according to the update from the U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland.

Six people were rescued after the SEACOR Power lift boat capsized on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. approximately 8 miles south of Port Fourchon during severe weather. One deceased victim was later recovered and 12 are still missing.

Since the accident, the National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued multiple “Special Marine Warnings” for the waters off Port Fourchon due to heavy weather.

So far 4 Coast Guard Cutters, 3 Coast Guard helicopter crews, multiple Coast Guard Response Boat crews, five Coast Guard airplane crews, state and local agencies, a commercial air medical service, and Good Samaritan vessels have been involved in the search.

Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot Response Boat-medium boat crew members prepare to throw a heaving line at the hull of the SeaCor Power, offshore Port Fourchon Louisiana, April 15, 2021. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

There have been some developments on the investigation front. The incident has been declared a major marine casualty and the U.S. Coast Guard is leading a preliminary investigation with participation from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The NTSB said it has launched a “go team” to the scene assist in the investigative process.

“NTSB Go Team launched to assist in Coast Guard investigation of April 13, 2021, capsizing of liftboat Seacor Power, 6 nautical miles south of Port Fourchon, LA. Go Team arrived in New Orleans Thursday morning,” the NTSB wrote in a tweet Thursday afternoon.

SEACOR Power is operated by Houston-based SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. (“SEACOR Marine”) (NYSE:SMHI), a leading provider of marine and support transportation services to offshore energy facilities.

“We’re deeply saddened by the news of the vessel capsizing and are working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard and local authorities to support all efforts to locate our valued team members and partners,” SEACOR Marine said in a statement. “We would like to thank the U.S. Coast Guard and Good Samaritan vessels for their immediate response, as well as the brave individuals who have further supported our search and rescue efforts. Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone involved.”

Rescue assets involved in the search so far:

The video below was taken April 14:

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