U.S. Coast Guard officer: False info from Seacor Power's owner stymied early

So they called a Seacor representative to check. A Coast Guard lieutenant testified Wednesday that the company rep answered that the 175-foot-long lift boat wasn’t in danger at all – rather, it was safely back at port.

About a half-hour after the call to Seacor, a different company rep called back to say “they had heard their vessel capsized or was in distress,” Critchfield said. The representative told him then that only seven were aboard – a vast undercount.