Multiple US Coast Guard and good Samaritan vessels rescued six people and continue to search for others from a capsized lift boat in the US Gulf of Mexico, about 13 km south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana
The US Coast Guard Eighth District reported search efforts were continuing as of 11:12 EDT. Reports indicate there were 18 on board lift boat Seacor Power.
Seacor Power is a three-legged lift boat, with a maximum working depth of 59.44 m, according to details on Seacor Marine’s website.
An unexpectedly strong storm hit the New Orleans metropolitan area and coastal towns, resulting in overturned vessels, damaged property and rough weather in the Gulf, according to local reports and social media.
The USCG watchstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon notification at 4:30 PM of a distressed 39-m-long commercial lift vessel. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, which multiple good Samaritan boat crews responded to.
The crew of the pre-commissioned USCG cutter Glenn Harris, a 47-m fast response cutter arrived on scene within 30 minutes and rescued one person from the capsized vessel. A 13.7-m response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle rescued another person and good Samaritan vessels on the scene rescued four other people from the water.
Among the rescue crew boats searching for survivors are Glenn Harris, Amberjack, a Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, two vessels from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle, four good Samaritan vessels and an Ocean Sentry airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas.
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