6 rescued, several missing after boat capsizes off Louisiana coast


Posted at Apr 14 2021 03:57 PM

6 rescued, several missing after boat capsizes off Louisiana coast 1
An aerial view is seen of the town of Port Fourchon and its surrounding marshes in Louisiana, May 11, 2010. Rick Wilking, Reuters/File

Six people were rescued near the coast of Louisiana after a commercial boat capsized about 8 miles off Port Fourchon on the Gulf of Mexico, the US Coast Guard said late Tuesday.

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. 

There was no immediate response from the coast guard to a Reuters request for comment on the number of missing people and potential casualties.

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

The accident led to a large rescue effort from the coast guard and civilians after distress calls were made on Tuesday evening. Two cutters, 2 boats, a helicopter and 4 civilian vessels have been deployed for the rescue.

There were widespread reports of high winds, with some hail and flooding in southeastern Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service. There is a threat of severe weather overnight in the region and a flash flood watch is in effect until Thursday morning.

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

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