Salvage crews removing fuel from capsized lift boat

Louisiana News

FILE – In this April 18, 2021 file photo, the capsized lift boat Seacor Power is seen seven miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Volunteers searching for seven men still missing after the oil industry boat capsized on April 13 said they have found life jackets and other debris from the vessel. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Salvage crews have begun removing fuel from a lift boat that capsized off the Louisiana coast in a storm last month.

The Coast Guard says the work started earlier this week after salvage crews arrived over the weekend at the site and familiarized themselves with the equipment.

A Coast Guard spokesperson, Nicole Groll, says the salvage crews are first focusing on removing the fuel from the tank above the water line and then they’ll get the fuel from tanks below the water line.

The lift boat capsized on April 13 during hurricane force winds. Six of the 19 people aboard were rescued. Six bodies have been recovered. Seven are still missing.

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