Search and Rescue Ops Continue for Missing Crew and Passengers on SEACOR POWER

by | Apr 16, 2021 | Maritime Law, Wrongful Death

Coast Guard operations remain ongoing in an attempt to locate the missing twelve crew members who were on board the SEACOR POWER.  The 129 foot lift boat SEACOR POWER capsized on April 13, 2021 south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.  At the time of the incident, the jack up rig was about 8 miles south of Port Fourchon.  A number of coast guard vessels and samaritan ships have since engaged in search and rescue search and rescue operations.  At least 6 crew members were rescued, but 12 remain missing.  The body of one deceased crew member has also been found.

The Seacor Power is a jack up, or lift boat, built in 2002.  A lift boat is a specialized marine vessel that is designed to convert into an offshore platform.   When the vessel is at its desired location, legs can be lowered down to the bottom of the Gulf underneath in order to provide vessel stability.  The vessel is operated by SEACOR Marine.  The shipmanager is SEACOR Liftboats LLC, and the registered owner is Falcon Global Offshore II LLC.  It is unclear what caused the vessel to capsize, although there were some weather advisories in effect on Tuesday afternoon due to expected winds of 70 to 80 miles per hour.  The boat left Port Fourchon at 2:12 pm on Tuesday afternoon.  Our thoughts and prayers out to those impacted by this tragedy.

It can be dangerous to work in any profession when safety considerations related to dangerous weather conditions are not made, but it is especially so when working on a vessel. Safe employers must ensure that their ships do not put the lives of their crew members or passengers at risk.  The risks of catastrophic death as a result of sailing into dangerous weather conditions must always be considered by safe oil and gas companies.  When marine companies fail to account for dangerous weather conditions, catastrophic incidents can result.

Our experienced lawyers handle maritime personal injury and wrongful death litigation of all kinds and the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured as a result of the negligence of another party. The lawyers of Spagnoletti Law Firm have handled maritime lawsuits throughout the country.  Our attorneys have extensive experience in maritime injury and death cases on vessels, and have previously sued SEACOR Marine following an offshore accident.  We have also handled lawsuits involving capsized lift boats.

The experienced and aggressive vessel accident attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of this tragic accident. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to vessel accidents, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your rights.