Coast Guard rescuers have recovered a second person killed in the capsizing of a commercial vessel off the coast of Louisiana, they said on Friday.
The person was found “unresponsive” Thursday evening in water 8 miles south of Port Fourchon, La., Near where the Seacor Power capsized in a storm on Tuesday, the 8th Guard District said. coastal in a press release.
“A crew of an MH-60 Jayhawk mobile helicopter from the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center spotted a person in the water at 7:10 pm while searching the area,” the statement said.
The crew of Coast Guard Benjamin Dailey, also in the search area, picked up the unresponsive person and transported him to the Grand Isle Coast Guard station where a coroner declared the man dead. “
The second passenger was identified as Ernest Williams, 69, of Arnaudville, according to the coroner of the parish of Lafourche.
Six passengers were rescued shortly after the ship capsized on Tuesday, and the ship’s captain, David Ledet, 63, of Thibodaux, was found dead on Wednesday.
After Thursday night’s recovery, 11 passengers are still missing in what authorities called a “major marine accident” event.
According to the Coast Guard, divers scoured the ocean near the site but were forced to stop briefly due to inclement weather. The divers resumed their search on Friday afternoon.