Volunteer search efforts for the crew members still missing after the Seacor Power capsized nearly two weeks ago haven’t stopped. A small armada of aircraft and boats has continued looking for any signs of what happened to the seven missing men. The U.S. Coast Guard ceased its search operations on April 19. However, volunteers have continued searching coastlines, islands, marshes, and other areas of the Gulf.
The fleet is comprised of craft from the United Cajun Navy as well as locals and offshore workers who are looking to help in any way possible.
“Everyone says ‘what made you drive this far?’ My only answer is it’s the Louisiana way. We’re all willing to pitch in a hand and help and that's what we’re here to do,” commented Blake Matthew of the United Cajun Navy.
According to volunteer Christifer DeRouen, about 51 boats had registered to join the search. Some estimates have placed the number of vessels closer to 300.
On Monday, DeRouen said that debris from the Seacor Power has been washing up on coasts as far as 33 miles from the scene of the accident. Among the recovered items from the boat are life jackets and helmets identified with Seacor Marine markings or the names of crew members.
The United Cajun Navy has also confirmed that the search has included buggies, ATVs, drones, cadaver dogs, and people who are searching marshes by foot.
“We’ve got some airboats coming in, some planes, and we even brought in some cadaver dogs. We found nine life vests yesterday in that area. Three of the nine life vests definitely looked like they’d been on somebody, so we’re pulling some cadaver dogs into that area today and hopefully we can find something today,” said Todd Terrell, President of the United Cajun Navy.
Choppy conditions on Monday forced the search efforts to be paused for the day. However, volunteers remain hopeful that the discovery of debris means that they’re close to finding answers for the families of the missing men.
“These guys are all doing this on their own time, they’re not asking for fuel money. We offered to give them fuel money but they turned it down,” said Matthew.
Our Seacor Power lawyers will continue to follow efforts by volunteers to bring closure and answers to the families of the missing.