Grand Isle capsizes: Chase passengers as ship tips over in the United States and 75 mph winds hit the coast

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A frantic search is underway with people missing after a ship capsized amid 75 mph winds and heavy storms near New Orleans.
The US Coast Guard said it had been notified of a capsized boat about 7 miles off Port Fourchon.

There are currently two Grand Isle response vessels on scene and nearby vessels are assisting with rescue efforts.

According to local reports, at least one boat overturned after high winds hit the coast near New Orleans and Louisiana.

It is not confirmed how many people were on board the capsized lifting vessel, but local reports say there were 18 people.

The Coast Guard said it was searching the water and six people have so far been rescued.

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Master Mariner Jonathan Lally told NPR: “The Coast Guard and several Good Samaritan ships are on the scene about 8 miles south of Grand Isle.

“We’re still trying to get the actual number of people who were on the boat. “

He said a “microburst of severe weather” may have tipped the craft.

According to KATC, the crew of a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter arrived at the scene in less than half an hour and rescued one person from the ship.

Another Coast Guard response boat from Grand Isle rescued a second person, and good Samaritan ships at the scene rescued four more from the water.

Storms raged in the area before the boat capsized
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The capsized ship
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SEACOR Marine, the owner of the vessel, told ABC News that the lifting boat involved is the SEACOR Power and is being used in oil and gas exploration.

The company apparently did not indicate the number of people on board.

In a statement, the U.S. Coast Guard said it received reports of an emergency beacon at 4:30 p.m. local time.

Extreme weather conditions
Storms had raged in the area before the incident
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Extreme weather conditions
Rescue efforts are underway
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They then responded to the 129-foot commercial lifting vessel eight miles south of Port Fourchon.

The area had been plagued with severe storms before the boat capsized.

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