Local marine survival director explains challenges with Seacor Power lift boat disaster

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – The crew members aboard the Seacor Power lift boat had little time to prepare for a fatal boat disaster in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.

The director of the Marine Survival Training Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Terry Crownover said this was a rapidly evolving emergency with the crew only a few minutes to deal with the current situation.

Crownover has been training marine survival safety for over three decades. Most Gulf workers receive extensive training to deal with such situations. However, Crownover said this was done quickly.

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“Typically, you have less than 10 minutes and are likely to be alone,” said Crownover.

Crownover said the entire boat would have to be searched to find survivors, which is proving difficult for the divers. Every single room, like the kitchen and living rooms, should be looked through.

“When it comes to speed, how do you react and what do you do through your personal training,” said Crownover.

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The training of workers in the Gulf is extensive, and the students go through various real-world scenarios before ever leaving the coast.

While Seacor Power’s search and rescue operation continues well into the evening, divers have difficulty finding or entering the boat due to the weather.

Families are confident that their loved ones are safe in the boat.