Divers recovered the sixth body of a crew member killed when the Seacor Power capsized on April 13. The Lafourche Parish coroner confirmed that the body was pulled from the wreckage late Tuesday night. Now, divers are continuing their search for the seven other crew members.
The most recently found crewmember was a 31-year-old man from St. Mary Parish. While the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search operations, private divers and volunteers from the United Cajun Navy have continued to search the lift boat’s wreckage and the waters surrounding it for signs of the missing crew members.
Footage Shows Good Samaritan Vessel Pulling Survivor From Water
A cellphone video obtained by nola.com shows the rescue of an unidentified crew member shortly after the Seacor Power capsized. In the footage, a man wearing a life vest can be seen clinging to a ring buoy as a person on the good Samaritan vessel pulls him to safety.
Along with the heroism from responders, the video shows a glimpse of the conditions that battered the lift boat before its accident. Grey skies, choppy water, and white-capped waves are among the visibly unfavorable conditions as the man is pulled from the water. Owner Seacor Marine asserts that the vessel was sent out when conditions weren't severe.
Currently, officials from the National Transportation Board (NTSB) are investigating the cause of the accident and who was responsible for sending it out during volatile weather conditions. The agency estimates that it will take between 12 and 24 months to complete its investigation.
Meanwhile, divers and volunteer aircraft are continuing the search for those who are still missing.