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Search for survivors continue for capsized vessel in Gulf of Mexico

The search for survivors continued Wednesday after a Seacorp vessel capsized in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon.

Posted: Apr 14, 2021 5:35 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2021 10:41 AM

Port Fourchon - The search for survivors continued Wednesday after a Seacorp vessel capsized in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon.

Here’s what we know so far.

The 129-foot Seacorp lift boat capsized around 4:28 p.m. eight miles south of Port Fourchon with 19 people on board, including three Acadiana men who have not been found.

Family and friends have identified them as Jay Guevara of Lafayette, Gregory Walcott of Abbeville, Quinon Pitre of the Lawtell area and Dylan Daspit.

"We were able to pull six yesterday. Two coast guard units were responsible for pulling two and then there were good Samaritans in the area who were able to recover the other four. There are thirteen others that we are still looking for," said Public Affairs Officer for the Coast Guard John Edwards.

The vessel left Port Fourchon at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Edwards couldn’t confirm bad weather was the cause but he says it certainly played a factor.

"At the time of the incident, the on-scene weather was 80 to 90 knot winds with 79 foot seas, certainly a very challenging maritime environment," he said.

Captain Will Watson says crews responded to distress calls and arrived within thirty minutes. He says the vessel remains capsized as search efforts continue.

"The vessel itself remains overturned on its [unintelligible] side partially submerged and grounded in approximately 55 feet of water," Watson said during a presser.

He says at this time rescue efforts are the top priority and they are exhausting all resources to do so. "Personnel accountability and safety of life is our top priority. We are saturating the area with available resources to assist in the rescuing mission."

Seacorp also provided a statement saying:

"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."

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