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Acadiana residents among those on capsized vessel south of Port Fourchon

A Lafayette resident is among those on the capsized vessel.

Posted: Apr 14, 2021 7:55 AM
Updated: Apr 14, 2021 4:05 PM

PORT FOURCHON, La. (KADN) - News15 confirmed that a resident of Lafayette is among those on the capsized vessel.

Jay Guevara is among those missing after a Seacor Holdings vessel capsized eight miles south of Port Fourchon, his fiancée confirmed to News15.


Quinon Pitre

A post by Nutrition Krewe initially identified Guevara. (He is the man on the left in the photo below.)

Another of the missing was identified as Gregory Walcott of Abbeville. According to a coworker, Walcott was a contractor who worked for an offshore catering company.

The sister of Quinon Pitre confirmed with News15 he is also among those missing.

Dylan Daspit of Acadiana was also confirmed missing by a friend who is currently in Port Fourchon with family members.

Seacorp issued the following statement: "We are deeply saddened by the news of the vessel capsizing and are working closely with the Coast Guard and local authorities to support all efforts to locate our valued team members. We would like to thank the US Coast Guard and good Samaritan vessels as well as the brave individuals who have supported our search-and-rescue efforts. Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone involved."

During a press briefing held by the U.S. Coast Guard, Captain Will Watson, Commander Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, said six survivors have been rescued, one person is dead and 12 are missing.

The identity of the deceased was not released.

Watson said the vessel was headed to Main Pass when it encountered 80 to 90 mph winds with 7 to 9-foot seas .It remains unclear what the vessel's mission was.

The United States Coast Guard and Good Samaritan vessels continue its search for missing people from the capsized lift boat south of the Louisiana Coast.

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

  • Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris
  • Coast Guard Cutter Amberjack en route
  • A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
  • Two Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot RB-M
  • Four good Samaritan vessels
  • An HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi

Please join us in vigilant prayer for all those aboard the Seacor Power liftboat that went down yesterday in the Gulf of...

Posted by Nutrition Krewe on Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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