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Divers, United Cajun Navy continue to search Seacor Power; 4 Acadiana crew members remain missing

The United Cajun Navy posted it will continue searching by seaplane as long as they receive donations to fuel the planes.

Posted: Apr 20, 2021 12:22 PM
Updated: Apr 20, 2021 12:27 PM

LAFOURCHE PARISH, La. (KADN) – The search for the eight missing Seacor crewman continues in the Gulf of Mexico south of Port Fourchon.

Divers from Donjon Marine continue to search to capsized Seacor Power lift boat under direction of the Seacor company.

PREVIOUS STORY: Coast Guard suspending search and rescue; Seacor to lead search

The United Cajun Navy is utilizing seaplanes to grid search the area around the site.

According to a post Tuesday morning, divers cleared Level 1 on vessel. Shortly after noon, the United Cajun Navy posted that the galley was also cleared by divers.

The United Cajun Navy posted it will continue searching by seaplane as long as they receive donations to fuel the planes.

Among the eight missing are four people from Acadiana. They are Jay Guevara, Gregory Walcott, Quinon Pitre and Dylan Daspit.

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The body of a fifth Acadiana man, Ernest Williams, 69, of Arnaudville, was previously recovered.

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Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins released a statement regarding the tragedy:

“Since last Wednesday, my office has been in constant contact with the U.S. Coast Guard and Seacor Marine. I have received briefings twice daily from Coast Guard officials, and we offered every measure of federal support deemed necessary to assist with the search, rescue, and recovery missions. I’ve also communicated directly with many, many Louisiana citizens who shared firsthand observations. I share the public’s frustration and sadness with the outcome of the rescue missions. We are resolved to ensure last week’s tragedy is deeply reviewed. My office supports a thorough investigation into the events preceding and following the vessel’s capsizing.

“Our prayers are with the families of every crew member involved in this tragic event. I offer my deepest condolences and prayers for healing during this difficult time.”

The Seacor Power capsized April 13 after leaving Port Fourchon in route to Main Pass. According to the Coast Guard, the vessel encountered 80 to 90 mph winds with 7- to 9-foot seas. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is taking over the investigation into the incident.

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