Coast Guard: 6 rescued from capsized ship off Louisiana

Lawrence Kim
April 14, 2021

The Coast Guard also said a search plane was flying in to assist, The Advocate reported.

A dozen people have gone missing at sea off the USA state of Louisiana after a commercial ship capsized in the Gulf of Mexico, sparking a rescue operation that saved six others.

SEACOR Marine said there were 18 people (employees and contractors) on board at the time the bad weather hit.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle rescued another person and good Samaritan vessels on scene rescued four other people from the water.

There are now four Coast Guard vessels, four civilian "good Samaritan" boats, and an Ocean Sentry sea aeroplane searching the water for the rest of the crew.

"We're still searching for more people", Petty Officer Jonathan Lally, a spokesman for the Coast Guard 8th District, told The New York Times.

SEACOR Marine confirmed to ABC News that the vessel is the SEACOR Power lift boat, which is used in oil and gas exploration. It was not immediately clear how many others were on the vessel.

The National Weather Service's New Orleans area head, Benjamin Schott, told NBC News that a "wake low" weather phenomenon on Tuesday afternoon caused winds of 70-80mph, which would have made the seas very rough. A flash flood watch and wind advisory were in effect for Grand Isle with the National Weather Service predicting 1 to 2 inches of rain and wind gusts over 50 miles per hour Tuesday night.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a radio beacon notification at 4:30 p.m. of a distressed 129-foot commercial lift vessel and issued an urgent marine information broadcast, which multiple good Samaritan boatcrews responded to, according to the USCG.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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