06:04 GMT09 May 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US Coast Guard has suspended searches for the missing people from the Seacor Power liftboat, which capsized in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana last week, after confirming 5 deaths, New Orleans sector commander Capt. Will Watson said.

    "Of the 19 passengers and crew ... 5, unfortunately, have been recovered deceased and 8 persons remain missing," Watson said at a press conference.

    The coast guard said in a statement that its boat and aircrews, as well as "local agency crews and good Samaritans," searched for survivors for a total of 175 hours and covered more than 9,200 square nautical miles.

    "The Coast Guard is suspending its search Monday for the remaining missing Seacor Power lift boat crewmembers 8 miles south of Port Fourchon," the statement read.

    The coast guard received a distress signal from Seacor Power on 13 April. The commercial vessel with 19 people on board is believed to have capsized.  Six people were rescued later that same day.

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