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UPDATE: Body of second Seacor Power crew member identified

The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Posted: Apr 16, 2021 1:19 PM
Updated: Apr 16, 2021 3:56 PM

UPDATE: The second crew member of the capsized Seacor Power lift boat who was found dead is identified as 69-year-old Ernest Williams of Arnaudville, Louisiana, sources say according to the Lafourche Parish coroner.

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard recovered one unresponsive person in the water Thursday near the capsized Seacor Power lift boat 8 miles south of Port Fourchon.

A Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew spotted one person in the water at 7:10 p.m. while searching the area.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Benjamin Daily, also in the area searching, recovered the unresponsive person and transported him to Coast Guard Station Grand Isle where a coroner pronounced the man deceased.

Out of respect for the privacy of the family members involved, the Coast Guard is not releasing the name of the man recovered Thursday night or the others mariners involved in the incident.

Divers returned to the scene at 7:50 a.m. Friday to conduct an assessment and began dive operations. Divers had to resurface mid morning due to dangerous weather conditions, but resumed diving again around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

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