Salvage crew will remove capsized Seacor boat from gulf in sections
The U.S. Coast Guard said the vessel is still in the same location where it capsized April 13, but cracks have begun to form in its structure. The damage to the boat means a salvage crew will have to disassemble it into sections and take it back to the mainland over multiple trips, according to a Coast Guard statement.
A barge is being outfitted with a pump system that will allow it to submerge and position itself under the lift boat so it can lift the larger sections out of the water.
Officials said they expect the largest sections to be removed by the end of June. Seacor will keep crews in the area through the end of July to recover any remaining debris from the seafloor.
The safety zone extending a mile around the wreckage, as well as a temporary flight restriction over a five-mile radius of the gulf, will remain in place until salvage operations are complete.
Six people were rescued in the days following the disaster nearly two months ago. Six bodies were found and another seven are still missing and presumed dead.