Environment Cleanup Begins As Crews Begin To Remove Fuel From SEACOR Power

Contracted salvage divers transport hose to SEACOR Power to remove the fuel out of an above ground fuel tank, May 3, 2021, off Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Good weather conditions are imperative for diver safety and smooth, steady operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brendan Freeman)

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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