On April 13, 2021, a boat operated by Seacor Marine capsized off the coast of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
The 19-year-old Seacor Power, a 129-foot lift boat, carried 19 crew members when they put out a distress call. Several coast guard units and other nearby ships responded to the call. Of the 19 people on board the Seacor Power, six survivors have been confirmed. The 12 other individuals remain missing; authorities continue to search for the unaccounted for passengers.
Warnings for anticipated 70- to 80-mile-per-hour winds were issued near the boat’s location, about 8 miles away from shore, on April 13. However, the cause of the capsize has yet to be determined.
Unfortunately, offshore accidents happen far too often, especially in Louisiana. Every occupation has inherent risks, but our attorneys at Herman, Herman & Katz recognize that vessel disasters like this one can be avoided. A ship’s operator and manager have a duty to be aware of changing weather conditions and other immediate risks to a boat’s safe return to shore. When they fail to do so, victims may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Our Louisiana-based attorneys at Herman, Herman & Katz have extensive experience litigating for victims of maritime accidents. The firm has recovered more than $35 billion for our clients in significant cases. Herman, Herman & Katz served as co-counsel in the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill lawsuit in 2014, an incident widely considered to be the worst offshore maritime disaster in American history. We represented the victims of the eleven employees who died in the explosion and led the charge to hold BP accountable for the lost lives. Our attorneys rely on experiences like these in every maritime case we work.
Our thoughts are with the individuals and families that continue to be affected by this incident. If you or someone you know has been injured in the Seacor Power tragedy, our experienced maritime injury lawyers can help navigate the complexities of maritime law.