Capsized Ship in Louisiana

Capsized Ship in Louisiana

Kai Hetherington, Writer

The US Coast Gaurd has said that four bodies have been found on Friday near where a boat capsized earlier in the week in Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Divers have also found two unresponsive people. On Thursday, a helicopter crew has able to find someone in the water while searching. One man was also recovered on Wednesday. A Coast Gaurd ship called Benjamin Dailey was able to recover another person, but they were pronounced dead after being taken to a Coast Gaurd station. But on Friday, divers had to pause their search due to weather conditions but were able to start again later in the afternoon. 

The Coast Guard has stated that they will not be releasing any names of the people in the incident out of respect for privacy for their families. The Coast Guard has also said that there were rescue operations still searching for nine people. Some good news is that they were able to rescue six people but the vessel has been declared a major marine casualty by the Coast Guard. The Coast Gaurd said that divers were able to knock on the hull, but did not hear any response, which indicates that people inside are either too weak to answer or dead. Search operations have continued. 

Capt. Will Watson, commander of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans has said that rescue crews will continue search and rescue efforts. A 45-foot response boat, plane, helicopter, and cutter are all involved in the search right now. Port Fourchon Parish has also started to use a search boat to maximize efforts. Watson has noted that the water temperature is above 70 degrees Fahrenheit and that the human body can survive in that type of water. The details of where the boat was going and its goal is still a mystery that is being investigated.