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Divers Aim To Reach Capsized Vessel In Search For Survivors

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Darra Ann Morales, right, shows a photo of her son Chaz Morales and his family on her phone, as Chaz Jr., 10, comforts his grandmother at their home in Slidell, La., Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Darra Ann Morales is the mother and Chaz Jr. is the son of Chaz Morales, who is one of the crew members missing from the capsized vessel Seacor Power that departed from Port Fourchon when severe weather struck Tuesday. (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

(AP) — Divers await a break in stormy weather that will allow them to reach a capsized oil industry vessel and search for survivors.

Twelve people were still missing from the lift boat that flipped over Tuesday in hurricane-force winds and high seas off the Louisiana coast. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally said Thursday that rescuers don’t know whether any of the missing might be caught inside.

The Coast Guard expects the divers to make it to the vessel Thursday, but their safety is also a factor. Six people from the Seacor Power were rescued alive and one person’s body was recovered from the water Wednesday.

 

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