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Coast Guard announces recovered victims in gulf tragedy

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The search continues for victims in the gulf. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard)

Late Friday, the United States Coast Guard announced the recovery of two victims from inside the wreckage of the capsized Seacor Power, as well as two additional victims that were recovered on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

Out of respect for the privacy of the families involved, the agency is not currently releasing the names of the victims.

On Friday, divers from New Jersey based Donjon Marine recovered two unresponsive bodies from inside the overturned ship. Donjon has been contracted by Seacor Marine to provide divers and related services.

They began efforts early Friday morning but had to halt operations due to weather conditions, only to resume their search just after 1 p.m.

Families were informed Friday that the body of Ernest Williams 69, was recovered on Thursday approximately 33 miles from the site of the wreckage. Williams was from Arnaudville in St. Landry Parish.

Divers were scheduled to work through the night searching inside the wreckage if weather conditions allowed. Experts say time is of the essence as if there are surviving crew members holding on inside air pockets in the partially submerged vessel, the oxygen is becoming depleted by this juncture.

Families remain at a fire station in Port Fourchon. Many have expressed their frustration with the lack of information and updates from both the Coast Guard and Seacor Marine.

Search efforts remain ongoing with air and sea access to a 4,000 square mile radius of the Gulf of Mexico. As of this writing 4 victims have been recovered, 6 were rescued and 9 remain unaccounted for.

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