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Second body recovered after Louisiana ship capsizing

Coast Guard rescuers recovered a second person killed in the capsizing of a commercial vessel off the coast of Louisiana, they announced Friday.

The person was found “unresponsive” Thursday night in the water 8 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, near where the Seacor Power capsized Tuesday during a storm, the Coast Guard’s 8th District said in a news release.

“A Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew spotted one person in the water at 7:10 p.m. while searching the area,” the release said.

“The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Benjamin Dailey, 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 second passenger was identified as Ernest Williams, 69, of Arnaudville, according to the Lafourche Parish Coroner.

Six passengers were rescued shortly after the vessel capsized Tuesday, and the ship’s captain, David Ledet, 63, of Thibodaux, was found dead Wednesday.

After Thursday night’s recovery, 11 passengers remain missing in what authorities called a “major marine casualty” event.

According to the Coast Guard, divers have been scouring the ocean near the site but were forced to stop briefly because of inclement weather. Divers resumed their search Friday afternoon.