A fifth person whose body has been recovered from the Gulf of Mexico after a commercial boat capsized last week has been identified by officials as Lawrence J. Warren of Terrytown. He was 36.
The Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office’s chief investigator Jamie Folse says the body was recovered from the gulf Sunday night. Warren is the fifth person to be confirmed dead as the search for eight mariners continues. Six people were rescued April 13, the day the lift boat, called the Seacor Power, capsized during severe weather with 19 people on board.
U.S. Coast Guard officials are expected to give an update Monday afternoon.
The coroner previously identified the following crew members who were recovered from the site where the vessel capsized:
Anthony Hartford, 55, of New Orleans and James Wallingsford, 55, of Gilbert, both recovered Friday; Ernest Williams, 69, of Arnaudville, recovered Thursday; and the crew’s captain, David Ledet, 63, of Thibodeux, recovered Wednesday.
The U.S. Coast Guard has said Seacor Marine, the boat’s owner, confirmed the vessel left Port Fourchon with 19 crew members on board about 1:30 p.m. April 13, and distress signals were sent about three hours later when it capsized. At the time, the Coast Guard reported 80 to 90 mile per hour winds in the area, 7-to-9-foot seas and limited visibility. It said the severity of the conditions was unexpected.
The 129-foot lift boat has 250-foot legs that tower above the hull while underway. The legs are used to secure the vessel to the seafloor once it reaches its destination and the hull is then jacked up to act as a work platform.