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Coast Guard calls capsizing of commercial vessel major marine casualty

Search efforts continue for missing Seacor Power crew members

Coast Guard crew attempting to make contact with potential survivors inside capsized Seacor Power, Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

The Coast Guard and multiple good Samaritan vessels Tuesday rescued six crew members of the Seacor Power, a commercial lift boat, and recovered the body of another crew member. The boat capsized that day during rough weather 8 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Coast Guard was still searching for 12 crew members.

Related: News alert: Coast Guard searching for crew of capsized commercial vessel

Coast Guard teams have searched for a combined 70 hours as of Thursday afternoon, covering approximately 6,380 square miles, an area roughly the size of Hawaii. Divers are now assisting in the search and rescue.

While search efforts for the crew continue, the incident has been declared a major marine casualty, according to a Coast Guard press release Thursday. The Coast Guard is leading a preliminary investigation that the National Transportation Safety Board will soon join.

The list of Coast Guard crews involved in the search is growing. Also, several other agencies are providing assets such as additional vessels, airplanes, helicopters and personnel. These agencies include the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Port Fourchon Harbor Patrol, Port Fourchon Sheriff’s Department, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and a commercial air medical service crew.

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Nick Austin

Nick is a meteorologist with 20 years of forecasting and broadcasting experience. He was nominated for a Midsouth Emmy for his coverage during a 2008 western Tennessee tornado outbreak. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Georgia Tech. Nick is a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in February 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” eight consecutive years.