The Seacor Power, a 129-foot commercial ship, capsized Tuesday afternoon during a violent storm, trapping 19 people underwater off the coast of Louisiana.
Six crew members were rescued Tuesday, but after three days the rescue effort turned into a recovery effort. Two bodies were recovered by Thursday, with two more found Friday, the USCG announced.
Officials identified two of the recovered crew members as Earnest Williams, 69, and David Ledet, the 63-year-old captain, FOX 8 reported.
The Coast Guard will not release the identities of the most recently recovered crew members out of respect for the families.
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends, and loved ones of everyone involved in this tragic incident,” said Capt. Will Watson, commander of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “We are using every asset available to us to continue our search efforts.”
The Seacor Power capsized about 8 miles away from Port Fourchon. The lift boat was en route to deliver equipment to an oil platform near the mouth of the Mississippi River when it encountered tropical storm-force winds and “suddenly higher waves.”
Seacor has contracted with divers to assist in the recovery efforts, working around the clock to find the missing crew members, The Advocate reported.
Dangerous weather conditions have hampered the rescue efforts, with divers periodically forced to halt operations.
One of the recovered crew members was found 33 miles from the disaster site. An aerial crew spotted the body Thursday night, and a Coast Guard boat was deployed Friday morning.
The Coast Guard worked with a cutter deployed by Bollinger Shipyard during the recovery effort. Bollinger was on a training mission alongside the Coast Guard crew that will eventually man the vessel when they received the mayday call.
“Now 68 hours in,” Spencer Gremillion, a friend of some crew members, wrote on Facebook. “The weather conditions have still been rough, but they’ve been able to run lines to numerous entry points. They have still yet to go inside of the boat. We’re unsure why there isn’t more that can be done.”
Families of the missing crew have received twice daily briefings since Wednesday.
Nine crew members remain missing.