Thursday, April 22, 9 p.m. update:
Swamp People’s cast member Ronnie Adams said in a Facebook live video that $60,000 has been raised to help the search and rescue efforts. That money was raised in about a 12-hour period.
Thursday morning, Adams spoke with Scott Daspit, father of missing crew member Dylan Daspit, of Delcambre. Before the interview, Adams asked viewers to send donations for the search effort.
Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m. update: Our team spoke with two family members from missing crew member Dylan Daspit’s family. Frustrations with the search are growing, but they still remain hopeful that he’s alive.
The family is asking that anyone with equipment that could be utilized in the search join the rescue efforts. The equipment they need includes shrimp boats, drag nets, airplanes, small and big boats.
If you do not have equipment but would like to help, donation methods are listed at the bottom of this story.
Thursday, April 22, 1 p.m. update: Seacor Marine says divers are continuing to search the capsized lift boat to recover any of the missing crew members. 7 crew members are still missing including 3 from Acadiana. Those include:
- Jay Guevara of Lafayette
- Dylan Daspit of Delcambre
- Gregory Walcott of Abbeville.
19 People were on board. 6 have been rescued and six have been found dead. Two of those found dead were from Acadiana. They were:
- 69-year old Ernest Williams of Arnaudville
- 31-year old Quinon Pitre of Church Point.
Thursday, April 22, 10:30 a.m. update: The father of missing Seacor Power crewmember Dylan Daspit appeared on a Facebook Live video this morning, giving a desperate plea for help.
The video, which was broadcast live this morning on the Facebook of Swamp People’s cast member Ronnie Adams, saw a tearful Scott Daspit calling for additional resources in the search for his son and the additional six other missing crewmembers.
Scott Daspit praised Seacor for their work in the search for the missing crewmembers but had harsher words for the U.S. Coast Guard and Talos Energy, the company the Seacor Power was contracted to work for when the ship capsized.
“No one in [Talos’] operating company has the compassion to come down here and visit with us,” said Scott Daspit. “Nor did they think about trying to help us with seaplanes … The people that work offshore that have been giving us the best information.”
Scott Daspit said search and rescue teams were about to take to the air once again today to continue the hunt for survivors. He asked people to pray for a miracle.
Adams and Scott Daspit asked people to donate to the United Cajun Navy to help fund continued operations.
Wednesday, April 21: PORT FOURCHON, La (KLFY) — The search of capsized boat in Port Fourchon continues as seven crew members remain unaccounted for.
Nineteen total crewmembers were aboard the Seacor Power when it capsized in the gulf last week. Now, a week later, seven crew members still remain missing. Six were rescued the day of the incident, and six have been found dead.
Five crew members were from the Acadiana area, two of which, Ernest Williams of Arnaudville, and Quinon Pitre of Church Point, were found dead. Three remain missing; Gregory Walcott, Dylan Daspit, and Jay Guevara.
Though the U.S. Coast Guard suspended their search and rescue efforts on Monday, April 19 at sundown, Seacor is still contracting divers to search the vessel.
A family member of one of the crew members was updated on the progress of the search of the vessel. Spencer Gremillion posted the update to Facebook:
A South Louisiana nonprofit organization, United Cajun Navy, joined the search for missing crew members on Sunday, April 18, a day before the Coast Guard suspended theirs. The Cajun Navy founder Todd Terrell said they will remain involved as long as they have the funds necessary.
We will continue to update this story.
Approved Donation Methods:
via Text: Text “Ucn2021′ to 44-321
If you’d like to donate directly to the families, their information is listed below:
Quinon Pitre: Venmo @Misty-Pitre
Dylan Daspit: Venmo @hannah-daspit
Jay Guevara: Paypal @Kristavercher
Chaz Morales: Venmo @Darra-Morales
Gregory Walcott: CashApp @$lovetheelord
Lawrence Warren: Venmo @lynn-shields-79