NSU faculty collecting items to assist with SEACOR search

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NATCHITOCHES – Two members of the Northwestern State University faculty are collecting items to deliver to the United Cajun Navy and volunteers continuing to search for seven missing men from the SEACOR Power lift boat accident of April 13.

Emily Zering, instructor in the Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts, and Phyllis Lear, professor of art, are collecting items such as Tylenol, Advil, lip balm, bug spray (strong enough for marsh environment), sunscreen, first aid kits (or items to include in first aid kits), cases of water and ice chests and will deliver them to Chauvin Saturday. Ice chests can be used but all other items should be new and unopened, Zering said.

The SEACOR Power lift boat capsized south of Grand Isle on April 13 with 19 crew members on board. Days later, after only a handful of the crew were found alive, the Coast Guard called off the search and rescue for those missing. The Cajun Navy and other volunteers have continued the search.

Anyone who would like to contribute can contact Zering at zeringe@nsula.edu.