Wed, 19 May 2021

HOUSTON, April 16 (Xinhua) -- The second death was confirmed on Friday after a vessel capsized in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week, which left 11 crew members still missing.

Media quoted Lafourche Parish coroner John King from Louisiana as saying that the second crew member who was found dead from the capsized Seacor Power lift boat was 69-year-old Ernest Williams.

King said that Williams' body was recovered Thursday night in the area west of where the ill-fated lift boat overturned.

The Seacor Power departed from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, heading east about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Thunderstorms, strong winds and potentially catastrophic waves were forecast for the area into which the vessel was headed.

The capsizing was reported at about 4:30 p.m., when another vessel passing nearby reported that the Seacor Power took on water, turned over on its starboard side and became mostly submerged with 19 on board.

The first death was announced Wednesday after search and rescue efforts were made by U.S. Coast Guard's boats and helicopters in the area. Six of its crew members have been rescued. Coast Guard hoped there might still be survivors aboard the capsized vessel.

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