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Second body recovered identified as Arnaudville man

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Posted at 1:07 PM, Apr 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-16 17:54:32-04

The second body recovered during rescue operations from the capsized lift boat in the Gulf of Mexico has been identified as a 69-year-old from Arnaudville.

KATC has spoken with family members who confirmed his death. The Lafourche Parish Coroner has identified the man as 69-year-old Ernest Williams of Arnaudville, according to the the Advocate.

KATC has reached out to the parish coroner Dr. John King for further confirmation. He tells the Advocate that Willimas' body was recovered near Cocodrie.

The Coast Guard recovered an unresponsive person in the water Thursday near the capsized Seacor Power lift boat eight miles south of Port Fourchon, according to a spokesperson for the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted one person in the water at 7:10 p.m. while searching the area.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Benjamin Daily, also in the area searching, recovered the unresponsive person and transported him to Coast Guard Station Grand Isle where a coroner pronounced the man deceased.

The Coast Guard is not releasing the name of the man recovered Thursday night or the others mariners involved in the incident.

The body of 63-year-old David Ledet, of Thibodaux, a captain, was found Wednesday morning. His funeral arrangementswere released Friday.

On Tuesday, a lift vessel capsized in the Gulf of Mexico, just south of Port Fourchon off the coast of Louisiana.

The Coast Guard is leading the investigation and on Thursday declared the incident a major marine casualty.

Divers returned to the scene at 7:50 a.m. Friday to conduct an assessment and began dive operations, according to the spokesperson. Divers had to resurface mid morning due to dangerous weather conditions, but resumed diving again around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

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