UPDATE: Search To Be Suspended For Seacor Victims
UPDATE: 4/19/21 1:03 p.m.: Search To Be Suspended For Seacor Victims
According to officials with the U.S. Coast Guard, they will be suspending the search for the eight remaining people who were still missing after last Tuesday's sinking of the Seacor vessel.
Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation into what caused the capsizing of the vessel.
Captain Will E. Watson who is the sector commander with the U.S. Coast Guard out of New Orleans said at the press conference Monday,
Our focus now will begin to shift.
Right before the press conference, officials held a meeting with family members.
There was a lot of crying and grieving, but there also was a lot of hope.
Officials with the company has said they had divers on the scene within four hours of the capsizing of the vessel. He added that issues with the weather did have an impact on how search and rescue efforts were conducted. A company spokesman says there is lots of debris at the scene and below the surface.
Authorities involved in the Seacor Power response efforts will speak with the press on Monday afternoon.
According to KLFY, U.S. Coast Guard Commander Will Watson, Seacor Marine President John Gellert, and Marine Accident Investigator Andrew Ehlers will address members of the media at a press conference scheduled for 1 p.m. today (April 19).
The presser will take place at the Greater Lafourche Port Commission in Cut Off, Louisiana after a weekend that was brimming with frustration over the Seacor situation online.
Both strangers and loved ones of those missing took to social media, suggesting that officials weren't exhausting every option when it came to recovery efforts.
As of this morning, five bodies have been recovered from the water as divers continue to search the ship, level by level.
We will be providing confirmed updates as we receive them and a recap of the press conference later today.