29 Apr 2021
The family of Ernest P. Williams Jr. of Arnaudville, a cook who died on April 13 when the lifting boat Seacor Power overturned in the Gulf of Mexico, have filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages.
Williams, 69, was one of 19 people aboard the Seacor Power when it left Port Fourchon around 1:30 p.m. despite poor weather conditions. The boat would have capsized around 4:30 p.m.
Six crew members were rescued the same day. Six bodies were later found, including that of Williams, whose body was found in the water on April 16, near Cocodrie, about 30 miles west of the largely submerged vessel.
Seven men are still missing. Volunteers scoured the Louisiana coast by sea and air.
Seacor Power victim Ernest Williams loved to cook for his fellow workers
The bodily injury and wrongful death lawsuit was brought by the law firm of Morris Bart of the Parish of St. Mary’s because Seacor Liftboats’s principal place of business is Morgan City. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Williams’ wife Verley Ann Williams and adult children Vivian Wright, Daton Williams, Brandy W. Norris, Ernest Williams, April Williams, Albert Williams, Veronica Stiner, Mitchell Stiner and Bryson Williams .
The defendants named in the lawsuit are Seacor Marine, Seacor Liftboats, Talos Energy and Semco.
Survivors allege in the lawsuit that the companies ignored warnings of possible severe weather in the area.
“The defendants put their profits ahead of the safety and lives of its crew members and ordered Seacor Power to leave the port to deliver equipment to a Talos drilling site about 40 miles east of Venice “, alleges the lawsuit.
The family are asking for a jury trial.
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The Williams family lawsuit is at least the third filed by surviving family members of those on board the Seacor Power.
The families of two still missing men have filed lawsuits in Houston, where Seacor Marine and Talos Energy are located.
Hannah Daspit, wife of Dylan Daspit of Lafayette, and Krista Vercher, also of Lafayette, the fiancee of missing crew member Jay Guevara Jr., sued Houston, each claiming more than $ 25 million in damages. .