A group of volunteers is suspending its role in the search for seven missing men since an oil industry ship sank off the coast of Louisiana on April 13.
A group of nonprofit volunteers announced on Sunday that it is suspending its search efforts for seven missing men since an oil industry ship sank off the coast of Louisiana on April 13.
United Cajun Navy made the announcement on its Facebook page. “Others can continue their search efforts and we wish them luck,” the statement said. “Others have created ways to collect donations to fund their own search efforts and we wish everyone safety and guidance in ongoing search efforts.”
The post said some off-road vehicles connected to the organization would still scour Holly Beach in Louisiana and part of the Texas coast. The post said that the organization’s assistance in the search effort involved mainly fundraising for searches, organizing marine planes, coordinating searches, collecting supplies and raising awareness on social networks.
The Seacor Power, a lifeboat used to service offshore installations, capsized in hurricane winds about eight miles off the Louisiana coast. Six men were rescued. Six bodies have been recovered, but seven remain missing and are considered dead.
The Coast Guard suspended search and rescue efforts on April 19. Petty officer Jonathan Lally said that when the Guard suspended the search, it was already 48 hours longer than the survival models indicated. The Coast Guard search covered more than 23,000 square kilometers (9,200 square miles), using planes, helicopters and cutters.
Several lawsuits over the accident were filed against the owner and operator of the lifeboat, Seacor Marine and Talos Energy, the company that had rented the boat.
Sunday’s post by the United Cajun Navy addressed the apparent tensions that arose during the search, saying the effort “turned into a whirlwind of accusations, untruths and accusations”, and the post specifically mentioned “rumors that planes and fuel bills are not being paid ”and said they are“ completely fake ”.