Search Continues for 12 Missing from Capsized Lift Boat

By Eric Haun
Thursday, April 15, 2021

The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday it is still searching for 12 people missing from a lift boat that capsized in extreme weather conditions Tuesday in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard vessel and air crews have worked with other local agencies to scour the area overnight Wednesday and through the day Thursday in search of the dozen missing from the Seacor Power, which overturned in rough seas and hurricane force winds approximately 8 miles south of Port Fourchon, La. The search has covered approximately 6,380 square miles, an area roughly the size of Hawaii, the Coast Guard said.

So far, seven of the 19 personnel who were on board the 234-foot lift boat have been recovered, one of whom has died. The Coast Guard said it is possible that survivors could still be inside the capsized vessel.

Divers arrived on scene Thursday to assess the overturned lift boat and begin operations in support of ongoing search and rescue efforts, the Coast Guard said.

The 2,276 GRT lift boat, also called a jack barge, has three extendable 250-foot legs that can reach the sea floor and two 185-ton cranes. The vessel, often used by energy companies for offshore construction projects or to service oil rigs, is owned by Seacor Marine, a marine transportation company based in Houston. It was built by SEMCO in 2002 and is classed by ABS.

The incident has been declared a major marine casualty, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be joining the the Coast Guard-led preliminary investigation.

Coast Guard boat crew members approach the Seacor Power in an attempt to make contact with potential survivors inside the overturned vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Grand Isle) 

Seacor Power (Image: Seacor Marine)

Categories: Gulf of Mexico Lift Boats North America Salvage Offshore Coast Guard Safety & Security Casualties Casualties

Related Stories

US Takes Step Toward Oil and Gas Auction Off Alaska Coast Next Year

Regulator Lays Charges Over 2018 Canada Oil Spill

U.S. Coast Guard Boards Containership in Connection to California Pipeline Oil Spill

Current News

Exxon to Close Two Houston-area Office Towers

US Takes Step Toward Oil and Gas Auction Off Alaska Coast Next Year

Italian Bank Could Fund Novatek's Giant Arctic LNG 2 Project

Shell Expects Ida-hit Offshore Platform to Restart in November

Subscribe for OE Digital E‑News