In the afternoon of Tuesday 13th April, 2021 around 1330 hrs the lift boat SEACOR POWER left Port Fourchon with 19 crew bound to Main Pass, about 25 miles to the east. At 1628 hrs, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) received a distress call from a good Samaritan reporting that the lift boat capsized about 7 nautical miles from Port Fourchon.
At that time, USCG Capt. Will Watson stated that conditions were extremely poor with 80 to 90 mile per hour winds and 7 to 9 foot seas.
“There were extremely limited visibilities. Fortunately, even with those conditions, our crews were able to get on scene and respond within 30 minutes,” said Capt. Watson.
The Coast Guard and several civilian boats began searching throughout the evening and still ongoing. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but Capt. Watson says Tuesday’s weather conditions were certainly a major issue, and it’s unclear why the Seacor vessel decided to go offshore.
The US Coast Guard confirmed one person was found dead while six others had been rescued. 12 souls are missing.
USCG HH-65 Dolphin helicopter embarked on USCG DALLAS WHEC 716 at Grand Harbour, Malta back to 29th May, 2003.
Images below are one of the Seacor Marine Vessels that used to call at Malta – 2000 built crewboat CHARLES F.McCALL leaving Grand Harbour, Malta back to August, 2007.
Timeline image is by the United States Coast Guard.
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Published – Thursday 15th April, 2021.