Louisiana ship capsized: two more bodies identified as search continues for missing crew

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Four bodies found as search continues for nine still missing from capsized ship off Louisiana coast


Lafourche Parish Coroner Dr. John King identified the two as Anthony Hartford, 53, of New Orleans, and James Wallingsford, 55, of Gilbert, Louisiana.

The bodies of the two men were found inside the capsized lifting boat on Friday by divers hired by Seacor Marine, the ship’s owner, according to the US Coast Guard.

A man recovered from the water Thursday near the capsized vessel was identified on Friday as Ernest Williams, 69, of Arnaudville, Louisiana, Lafourche Coroner’s Chief Investigator Jamie Folse told CNN.

Coast Guard crew members found the body of David Ledet, 63, of Thibodaux, Louisiana, on Wednesday, according to the coroner’s office.

The cause of death of the four men has not yet been released.
Six people were rescued immediately after the boat capsized several kilometers south of Port Fourchon on Tuesday and nine people are still missing, the US Coast Guard said on Friday.

The ship with 19 crew on board had just left Port Fourchon when it encountered a line of severe thunderstorms with wind gusts reaching 117 mph.

The capsized vessel was declared a major maritime accident by the Coast Guard.

Four bodies found as search continues for nine still missing from capsized ship off Louisiana coast

According to the Code of Federal Regulations, a major marine accident is an accident “involving a ship, other than a public building” which results in the loss of six or more lives, more than $ 500,000 in property damage, a danger of death of hazardous materials, property, or the environment, or the loss of a power-driven vessel of 100 tonnes or more.

The Seacor Power, a 129-foot commercial liftboat, is operated by Seacor Marine. Details of the vessel’s destination and mission are still under investigation. Liftboats are used to maintain oil platforms and other offshore assets like wind farms.

CNN’s Mallika Kallingal, Virginia Langmaid and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.

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