The Dallas Morning News
Second boat worker found dead
Bad weather, vessel’s structure complicate rescue attempts
PORT FOURCHON, La. — The Coast Guard said Friday that it has found the body of a second dead worker from the lift boat that capsized off Louisiana’s coast earlier this week.
Rescuers in the air and the sea have been searching for the 19 workers who were aboard the vessel when it overturned Tuesday in rough weather about 8 miles from the Louisiana coast.
Six people were rescued shortly after the vessel capsized Tuesday, one other body was recovered from the water Wednesday and 11 are still missing. The second body was found in the water near the partially submerged Seacor Power lift boat Thursday night, according the Coast Guard news release.
Divers searching for survivors prepared to enter the vessel Friday, a rescue effort complicated by daunting technical challenges and continued bad weather. The hope is that the 11 missing people have found air pockets to survive inside the Seacor
Steven Walcott, whose brother was on the capsized boat, told The Associated Press that the Coast Guard told family members about the second body during a briefing Friday.
“Right now, we’re hoping for a miracle,” Walcott said.
Dawn Saddler, sister of Gregory Walcott, said families were told during the meeting that divers did not get onto the boat Friday morning because of rough weather.
The large housing structure above the deck of the lift boat will likely pose significant
challenges for divers, naval architect David Bourg said. “Imagine if you take a four-story building with multiple rooms in it, turn it
upside down and put it in the water and try to navigate it with a flashlight — that’s what you’re looking at here,” he said.