At approximately 4:30pm yesterday, the U.S. Coast Guard received a distress radio transmission. The SeaCor Power, a 129-foot commercial lift vessel, was quickly taking on water. The Coast Guard, and several nearby boats sprang into action. As a result, the rescue efforts rescued 6 people. The first Coast Guard vessel, a Fast Response Cutter, arrived within 30 minutes of the call. Subsequently rescuing one person from the sinking ship. Shortly after, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium rescued another. A “Good Samaritan” ship had already taken aboard 4 people.
The SeaCor Power capsized 8 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The Coast Guard had to contend with 80 to 90 mile per hour winds. As well as limited visibility and 7-to-9-foot seas. Thus, making any rescue attempts, extremely dangerous.
USCG crews have already searched 6,380 square miles for any other survivors. For perspective, the USCG stating this is “an area roughly the size of Hawaii.”
However, 12 crewmembers remain missing. Thermal cameras have led officials to believe that some crewmembers may still be on the ship. Rescue divers are currently planning further actions. Crews attempted to “throw hammers” at the hull, in an attempt to make contact with any survivors.
The Coast Guard posted this list of rescue assets involved in the search so far:
- USCG Cutter Glen Harris crew
- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries crews
- USCG Cutter Amberjack crew
- USCG Cutter Moray crew
- Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office
- USCG Cutter Benjamin Dailey
- USCG Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew
- One commercial air medical service crew
- USCG Station Grand Isle 45-foot RB-M boat crews
- USCG Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews
- Two USCG Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplanes crews
- Port Fourchon Harbor Patrol
- Two USCG Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane crews
- Two USCG Aviation Training Center Mobile MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters
- Port Fourchon Sherriff’s Department
We will continue to follow this story closely on American Grit.