Story at a glance
- At least 18 people were on board the Seacor Power vessel before it capsized 8 miles south of Port Fourchon.
- Six crew members were rescued from the sea Tuesday by “multiple good Samaritan vessels” and Coast Guard crews.
- The vessel capsized after a “microburst” of severe weather hit the area.
The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing to search for 12 people who went missing after a 129-foot commercial lift boat capsized off the coast of Louisiana during a severe storm Tuesday afternoon, according to The Associated Press.
At least 18 people were on board the Seacor Power vessel before it capsized 8 miles south of Port Fourchon, La., the state's southernmost seaport that serves as a key port for the oil and gas industry.
The Coast Guard said an emergency distress signal was received around 4:30 p.m.
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At least six crew members were rescued from the sea Tuesday by “multiple good Samaritan vessels” and Coast Guard crews. Officials told The Associated Press there was a “microburst” of weather that hit the area at the time of the incident.
Wind gusts near 60 miles per hour and an average of 3-5 inches of rain hit the area at the time, and the National Weather Service had issued a flash flood watch for much of the Louisiana coast.
“The hope is that we can bring the other 12 home alive,” Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson III told The Associated Press. “We continue to pray for the 18 men who were on that vessel as well as their families."
Coast Guard officials said the search is continuing by sea and from the air.
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