Salvage crews are now working to remove fuel from the SEACOR Power platform vessel that capsized in the Gulf of Mexico last month.
Workers began on Wednesday a method called hot tapping, with crews drilling into the vessel's fuel tanks to pump out the gas through hoses.
The U.S. Coast Guard says removing the fuel is the first step in what is now an official salvage operation.
Six of the 19 crew members on board the ship were rescued after it ran aground, with six others found dead and seven still missing.
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