It’s been over a week since the Seacor Power capsized about 8 miles off the coast of Louisiana. After six crew members were rescued from the water immediately after the lift boat’s accident, the U.S. Coast Guard, along with volunteers, started the search for the 13 crew members who were still missing. By Monday, the Coast Guard had ended search and rescue operations. However, the United Cajun Navy and private divers have continued to search for the missing.
So far, six of the missing crew members have been found dead. Two of them were found in the water and three others were discovered by divers inside the Seacor Power. Initially, there was hope that survivors had found an air pocket in the partially submerged vessel and were awaiting rescue. As time has passed, that hope has dwindled.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, a family member of one of the Seacor Power crew members posted an update.
“For those who don’t know, the boat has been searched through,” the update reads. “The divers are going to go through it again, and then will start the process to get it out of the water.”
The post ends by asking anyone with a shrimp boat to help search the waters to help “bring these boys home.”
Father of Missing Crew Member Expresses Frustration Over Search Efforts
In a tearful online video, a father of one of the missing crew members condemned the Coast Guard’s search and rescue efforts. The frustrated and grieving father also expressed gratitude to the volunteers who’ve kept the search effort active since Monday.
The Coast Guard stopped its search after searching for 175 hours and covering 9,200 nautical square miles.
“We extend our appreciation to everyone who volunteered to assist during the search effort. Suspending a search is one of the toughest decisions the Coast Guard has to make,” said Captain Will Watson of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “Our crews searched continuously over the past six days with the hope of bringing the missing crewmembers home to their loved ones. I would like to extend my deepest and most sincere condolences to the families, friends and loved ones–all those impacted by this terrible tragedy. I know that this is an immensely difficult time for you all, and for the entire maritime community.”
Additionally, the crew member’s father condemned Talos Energy, the company the Seacor Power was contracted by, for not doing anything to help.
“No one in [Talos’] operating company has the compassion to come down here and visit with us,” said the man. “Nor did they think about trying to help us with seaplanes. The people that work offshore that have been giving us the best information.”
The father informed viewers that they were taking planes to search for any signs of survivors. While fighting back tears, he expressed the difficulty of losing hope each day. He also asked for viewers to donate to the United Cajun Navy to help keep search operations funded.
Our Seacor injury and death lawyers continue to closely follow this situation as volunteers continue searching for the missing.