The offshore lift boat turned over and turned while lowering its legs

New Orleans (AP) —Federal preliminary reports released Tuesday showed that boats in the offshore oil industry began to lower their legs and face strong winds when they turned around in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana last month.

National Transportation Safety Board report It does not explain the cause of the fatal accident. 6 rescued, 6 bodies found, 7 more Not found yet And it was presumed dead. A complete investigation can take up to two years.

According to the report, the 175-foot (53-meter) liftboat Seacor Power had nine crew members, two galley staff, and eight offshore when it overturned in the Gulf of Mexico due to a strong hurricane wind on April 13. I was carrying a worker.

Lift boats have three or four legs that can be raised above a moving boat and lowered to the bottom to lift the boat as a temporary offshore platform.

The 7 am weather forecast predicted afternoon wind speeds of 9-12 knots (10-14 mph, 17-22 kph), the report said.

Around 3:30 pm when the accident occurred, other vessels in the area said they had reported wind, heavy rain and sea construction in excess of 80 knots (92 mph, 148 kph).

As the boat moved into the open sea of ​​the bay, rain squalls passed over the boat, significantly reducing visibility.

“The crew decided to lower the Seacor Power legs to the bottom of the sea to keep the ship in place until the storm passed. When the legs began to lower, the steering crew winded the ship. Seacor Power overturned to the right and overturned before the turn was completed, “the report said.

Some people were able to get out of the corner of the deckhouse that was above the water, but strong winds and 10 to 12 feet (3 to 3.7 meters) of sea hindered rescue operations. One of the survivors was seriously injured, according to the report.

Investigators said they interviewed survivors, former crew members, representatives of shipowners and charterers, ship inspectors and surveyors, and search and rescue personnel.

“Investigators will return to the scene when the Seacor Power is recovered to inspect the vessel and collect further evidence,” the report said.

Many Proceedings The case was filed against the owner, Seacor Marine.

The boat is still in a capsized location in the bay about 7 miles (11 kilometers) south of Port Forcheon.Rescue workers have completed the removal of approximately 20,000 gallons (75,700 liters) of diesel oil From that fuel tank Over the weekend, Coast Guard spokesman Noncommissioned Officer Corey Mendenhall said Tuesday.

He said authorities had not decided whether to pump hydraulic oil and other petroleum products or leave them in tanks until Seacor Power arrived at the shore.

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