Five bodies now recovered from capsized lift boat in Gulf of Mexico

A fifth body from the crew of the capsized liftboat Seacor Power (IMO 8765682) was recovered during the evening of Sunday April 18th in the Gulf of Mexico. Search and rescue operations continue for the eight crewmembers still missing were continuing.

Divers had recovered two unresponsive crewmembers from the Seacor Power on Friday. The US Coast Guard had said it was possible that survivors could still be inside the capsized vessel, but there was no response when divers knocked on Seacor Power’s hull on Thursday April 15th.

USCG and other local responders have been searching the area by sea and air since the Seacor Power capsized with 19 crewmembers aboard during the afternoon of April 13th, about eight miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Six crew members were rescued the same day; five bodies have since been found, leaving eight still missing.

Six crewmembers were rescued the same day and an enormous search and rescue operation has been underway ever since.

At the time of the accident, winds were blowing at about 80mph to 90mph in seven to nine-foot seas.

The incident was declared a major marine casualty. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be joining the USCG-led preliminary investigation.

The Coast Guard and NTSB were scheduled to hold a press conference on Monday afternoon to provide updates to the response effort.

A lift boat has extendable legs that can reach the sea bottom. The vessel is often used by energy companies for offshore construction projects or to service oil rigs.

2002-built, USA-flagged, 2,276 gt Seacor Power is owned by Falcon Global Offshore II LLC care of manager Seacor Liftboats LLC of Louisiana, USA. ISM manager is Seacor Marine LLC of Morgan City, Louisiana, USA. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Offshore) on behalf of Falcon Global Holdings LLC.