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Search for missing Seacor crew members continues in Vermilion Bay

Lafayette man creates Facebook group to organize search
Posted at 6:08 PM, Apr 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-30 00:38:24-04

The search continues for the seven missing Seacor Power crew members. Volunteer groups continue to organize search locations, including one in Vermilion Bay.

"We can get involved down here and help out. I know these families want closure. That's what I want to help out with. We're just thinking outside of the box, trying to exercise all efforts, ideas, everything at this point. As far as a deadline, I don't see one, until there's some type of closure," Scotty Thibodeaux said.

Thibodeaux is helping to organize the search through a Facebook group called Vermilion Bay Search Group. After being created on Monday, April 27, the public group has expanded to nearly 8,000 members.

"I was actually out in Port Fourchon over the weekend, this past weekend. I had a reality check when seeing what's going on, the emotions behind it," Thibodeaux explained.

All week volunteers have brought food, water, and supplies to Don's boat landing; now they say they are in need of more people with big boats. Thibodeaux warns those who want to help should have experience.

"In a case like this, bigger boats are wanted in the bigger areas. People need to pay attention to these water waves, there are areas where it is rough. If you're not careful, you can end up in a bind. We don't want that at all," Thibodeaux said.

Anyone willing to help is asked to meet at Don's boat landing at 8 am on Friday. Volunteers will continue to meet at Don's.

To follow the search efforts in Vermilion Bay, join the Facebook group here.

KATC reached out to Scott Daspit, Dylan Daspit's father, on the continued search efforts. He confirmed that another Seacor life jacket was found during the search on Thursday.

Daspit says that many people in the area have been helping out.

"The United Cajun Navy have been very supportive of us, Terrebonne Parish has a command, their command center here now," he said. "It's been actually, like I said yesterday, it's been overwhelming."

Earlier this week, though, Daspit claims the Coast Guard came to one of the command centers, stopped the search, and tried to "pick up all of the stuff with all the debris we found for the Seacor Power, and over our dead body would they get it...There's a lot more that's going to come out...a lot of people [are] going to be shocked."

Daspit says searchers were able to keep the Seacor debris. We reached out to the Coast Guard for comment on Daspit's claim; a spokesperson sent the following statement:

We suspended our search and rescue efforts on Apr. 19.

The Coast Guard is working alongside NTSB during the current ongoing investigation into the incident.

Daspit says that search efforts will continue, and also shared strong words on state officials' response to the Seacor disaster.

"I don't want this to be political," he says. "But our governor has failed us tremendously."

KATC has reached out to Gov. Edwards' office for comment, but we haven't heard back.

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