The U.S. Coast Guard mentioned on Monday it should name off its search at sundown for the remaining eight crew members lacking from the elevate boat Seacor Energy, which capsized within the Gulf of Mexico final week.
The Coast Guard mentioned its vessel and air crews labored with native companies and good Samaritans to scour greater than 9,200 sq. nautical miles of sea over the course of 175 cumulative hours after the 234-foot Seacor Energy overturned in tough seas and hurricane drive winds roughly 8 miles south of Port Fourchon, La., final Tuesday. Six crew members have been saved on the day of the incident, and the our bodies of 5 deceased personnel have been recovered within the days following.
“We prolong our appreciation to everybody who volunteered to help throughout the search effort. Suspending a search is without doubt one of the hardest selections the Coast Guard has to make,” mentioned Capt. Will Watson, commander of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “Our crews searched repeatedly over the previous six days with the hope of bringing the lacking crewmembers dwelling to their family members. I want to prolong my deepest and most honest condolences to the households, buddies and family members—all these impacted by this horrible tragedy. I do know that that is an immensely troublesome time for you all, and for your complete maritime group.”
The two,276 GRT elevate boat, additionally known as a jack barge, has three extendable 250-foot legs that may attain the ocean flooring and two 185-ton cranes. The vessel, usually utilized by power corporations for offshore development tasks or to service oil rigs, is owned by Seacor Marine, a marine transportation firm primarily based in Houston. It was constructed by SEMCO in 2002 and is classed by ABS.
The incident has been declared a serious marine casualty, and the Nationwide Transportation Security Board (NTSB) has joined the Coast Guard-led investigation.
Seacor Marine has employed Donjon Marine for dive and salvage operations.