Second body recovered 33 miles from Seacor Power site; divers yet to get inside vessel

Second body recovered and identified as missing crewmember

GRAND ISLE, La. (WVUE) - A second body has been recovered from the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 33 miles from where the Seacor Power capsized Tuesday afternoon, officials confirmed Friday.

He has been identified as 69-year-old Ernest Williams of Arnaudville, LA.

Officials say the body was spotted by an aerial crew around 7:10 p.m. Thursday night. A Coast Guard boat was deployed to recover the body Friday morning.

“Now 68 hours in,” Spencer Gremillion, a friend of some crewmembers, wrote on Facebook. “The weather conditions have still been rough, but they’ve been able to run lines to numerous entry points. They have still yet to go inside of the boat. We’re unsure why there isn’t more that can be done.”

12 PM update- Now 68 hours in. We just had a meeting with USCG, NTSB, DonJon Salvage, and Seacor. From DonJon salvage,...

Posted by Spencer Gremillion on Friday, April 16, 2021

Family members have been briefed by United States Coast Guard officials at least twice a day since Wednesday. The new information was divulged at noon Friday.

Captain David Ledet’s body was recovered Wednesday.

Search and rescue efforts continue for the remaining 11 crewmembers.

The United States Coast Guard rescued two people on Tuesday, good samaritans rescued another four.


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