UPDATE, 4/19/21, 1:39 p.m.: The fifth body has been identified as Lawrence Warren, 36, of Terrytown, according to WWL-TV. He was reportedly recovered from the second level of the capsized lift boat.
UPDATE, 4/19/21, 9:25 a.m.: WGNO reports that after speaking with family members of the missing crew, they’ve confirmed that another body was found over the weekend but, it’s so “badly decomposed, it cannot be identified.”
That puts the numbers at six rescued, five confirmed dead, and eight still unaccounted for.
As of Monday morning, the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office is confirming the following dead:
- Captain David Ledet, 63, of Thibodaux
- Ernest Williams, 69, of Arnaudville
- Anthony Hartford, 53, of New Orleans
- James Wallingsford, 55, of Gilbert
- Lawrence Warren, 36, of Terrytown
With calm conditions in the forecast, WGNO reports the families are hoping the divers will have better success and surface with more answers.
The U.S. Coast Guard, the National Transportation Safety Board, and Seacor Power will brief the news outlets today at 1:00 p.m.
ORIGINAL POST: PORT FOURCHON, La. (WVUE) – The family of a missing crewmember has confirmed a fifth body has been recovered at the site of the lift boat disaster at Port Fouchon tonight.
Authorities are now working to confirm the identity of the victim.
Authorities say that the body was found on the second floor of the vessel. Family members say that search operations for others will continue.
As it now stands, there have been a total of five bodies recovered with eight more still unaccounted for.
There were a total of 19 crewmembers.
Six crewmembers have been rescued.