UPDATE: April 19, 2021

Re Louisiana Rescue Operation: Coast Guard is suspending search for remaining 8 Seacor Power crewmembers

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is suspending its search Monday for the remaining missing Seacor Power lift boat crewmembers 8 miles south of Port Fourchon.
Eight crew members remain missing.
Coast Guard boat and aircrews, local agency crews and good Samaritans searched for a cumulative 175 hours, covering over 9,200 square nautical 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 Capt. Will Watson, commander 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.”
Seacor has established an information center for media inquiries related to dive and salvage operations and can be reached at mediainquiries@seacormarine.com
 
Rescue assets involved in the search:
The pre-commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Glen Harris crew
Coast Guard Cutter Amberjack crew
Coast Guard Cutter Moray crew
Coast Guard Cutter Benjamin Dailey crew
Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew
Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot RB-M boatcrews
Coast Guard Station New Orleans 45-foot RB-M boatcrews
Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews
Two Coast Guard Aviation Training Center MobileHC-144 Ocean Sentry airplanes crews
Two Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane crews
Two Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries crews
Port Fourchon Harbor Patrol
Port Fourchon Sherriff’s Department
Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office
One commercial air medical service crew
Donjon Marine commercial dive

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UPDATE: April 16, 2021

BOLO For 9 missing people from capsized 129 foot catamaran, 8 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana. 

The USCG, divers and other assets contiue the search,

Be on the look out, assist if possible and report all sightings to USCG.

April 17, 2021 – UPDATE: 2 Seacor crewmembers recovered unresponsive by commercial divers during day 4 of rescue operations 

NEW ORLEANS — Seacor contracted commercial divers from Donjon Marine Company who were diving on the capsized Seacor Power lift boat recovered 2 more unresponsive people Friday. 

Out of respect for privacy of the family members involved, the Coast Guard is not releasing the names of those rescued, recovered or missing.

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and loved ones of everyone involved in this tragic incident,” said Capt. Will Watson, commander of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “We are using every asset available to us to continue our search efforts.”

Donjon divers returned to the scene at 7:50 a.m. Friday to conduct an assessment and began dive operations. The divers had to stop diving mid-morning due to dangerous weather conditions, but resumed diving operations again at approximately 1:30 p.m. Friday. 

Donjon dive operations are scheduled to continue throughout Friday evening, weather permitting.

The timeline for the response so far is as follows

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Seacore Power lift boat capsizes

4 rescued by good Samaritans

1 rescued by pre-commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Glen Harris crew

1 rescued by Coast Guard Station Grand Isle crew

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1 unresponsive person recovered by Coast Guard Cutter Amberjack crew
Thursday, April 15, 2021 1 unresponsive person recovered by Coast Guard Cutter Benjamin Dailey crew
Friday, April 16, 2021 2 unresponsive people recovered by Donjon Marine commercial divers

Rescue assets involved in the search so far:

  • the pre-commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Glen Harris crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Amberjack crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Moray crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Benjamin Dailey crew
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew
  • Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot RB-M boatcrews
  • Coast Guard Air Station Corpus ChristiHC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews 
  • Two Coast Guard Aviation Training Center MobileHC-144 Ocean Sentry airplanes crews
  • Two Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane crews
  • Two Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries crews
  • Port Fourchon Harbor Patrol
  • Port Fourchon Sherriff’s Department
  • Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • One commercial air medical service crew
  • Donjon Marine commercial divers

Coast Guard continues search for missing people from capsized vessel 8 miles south of Port Fourchon

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard continues to search for 12 missing people Thursday from a capsized vessel 8 miles south of Port Fourchon.

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. 

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

While search efforts for the crew are continuing, the incident has been declared a major marine casualty. The Coast Guard is leading a preliminary investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board will be joining in that effort.

Rescue assets involved in the search so far:

  • the pre-commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Glen Harris crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Amberjack crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Moray crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Benjamin Dailey
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew
  • Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot RB-M boatcrews
  • Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews 
  • Two Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplanes crews
  • Two Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane crews
  • Two Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries crews
  • Port Fourchon Harbor Patrol
  • Port Fourchon Sherriff’s Department
  • Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • One commercial air medical service crew

Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue 6 people from capsized vessel 8 miles south of Port Fourchon, searching for more

 A Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot Respone Boat-Medium boatcrew heads toward a capsized 175-foot commerical lift boat April 13, 2021 searching for people in the water 8 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana. 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 Grand Isle, Louisiana.

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NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard and multiple good Samaritan vessels rescued six people from a capsized commercial vessel Tuesday and are searching for more 8 miles south of Port Fourchon.

Coast Guard watchstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon notification at 4:30 p.m. of a distressed 129-foot commercial lift vessel. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, which multiple good Samaritan boat crews responded to.

The crew of the pre-commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris, a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter, arrived on scene within 30 minutes and rescued one person from the capsized vessel. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle rescued another person and good Samaritan vessels on scene rescued four other people from the water.

Rescue crews searching:

Editors’ Note: Our initial Tweet incorrectly reported the vessel is 265-feet and off Grand Isle. The correct vessel length is 129-feet and it’s south of Port Fourchon.