Six people rescued and more missing after boat capsizes off Louisiana coast

Marco Green
April 14, 2021

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and multiple "good Samaritan vessels" have rescued six people from a capsized commercial lift vessel in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the USCG revealed Tuesday. Pic: US Coast Guard Civilian boats which joined the search efforts rescued four other people from the water, the coast guard said. A search plane also flew in to assist.

SEACOR Marine confirmed to ABC News that the vessel is the SEACOR Power lift boat, which is used in oil and gas exploration.

"The hope is that we can bring the other 12 home alive", Chaisson said by phone Wednesday morning as he travelled to Port Fourchon, where he said families of the crew members had begun to gather last night, seeking any information they could.

In addition to the Glenn Harris and two 45-foot ships from Coast Guard station Grand Isle, the Coast Guard Cutter Amberjack, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from the USCG station New Orleans and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane from USCG station Corpus Christi were searching for additional people in the water.

"There was a microburst of weather that came through the area at the time of the incident", Lally said. "I don't know whether that was the cause, but what we can say is that inclement weather did hit the area at the time". 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.

Eighteen people had been on board the vessel before it capsized, Seacor Marine, the transportation company that owns the vessel, told the NYT.

About a dozen people are still missing after the 129-foot commercial lift vessel capsized in a storm, according to local media reports citing authorities.

Severe storms have swept through southern Louisiana on Tuesday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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