Passengers missing at sea after capsized 129-foot boat in severe storm

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The US Coast Guard rescues six people from a capsized 129-foot boat in Louisiana.


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The Coast Guard said they didn’t know how many people they were still looking for (Photo: US Coast Guard)

Rescue teams are desperately looking for “several people in the water” after a 129-foot boat capsized in a severe storm off the coast of Louisiana.

So far, six people have been rescued after the Coast Guard received an emergency call around 4:30 p.m. indicating that a commercial transport vessel had returned eight miles off Port Fourchon.

The Coast Guard admitted it did not know how many people were still missing in the rough waters as winds of up to 80 mph hit the Gulf of Mexico.

Master Jonathan Lally’s spokesperson said the Coast Guard had received reports of “several vessels affected” by the storm and that teams were still unable to fly rescue helicopters due to the extreme weather conditions.

Mr Lally said: “Currently we have several Coast Guard assets as well as good Samaritan vessels looking for people off a capsized lifting vessel.

“At the moment we are trying to find out how many people are missing but we are still continuing to search.

Louisiana resident Bruce J. Simon, who was at sea when the boat rocked, said he had never heard “so many mayday calls” at one point in his life.

The 129-foot vessel capsized in storms that hit the Gulf of Mexico (Photo: US Coast Guard)
Terrifying waves hit boat as storm hits Gulf of Mexico

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Bruce Simon, who was at sea at the time, said he had never conducted ‘so many May calls’ (Photo: Bruce J. Simon)

He shared footage and footage of the steep waves which he said reached up to 10 feet with an “occasional 15 foot”.

M. Simon wrote: “I am on the boat and we are doing 4 knots keeping the bow upwind. Waves are crashing on the bow! A boat has tipped over.

He said he believed about 18 people were on board the capsized large lift boat, urging social media users, “Please pray for the lost!

The Coast Guard spokesman said a “microburst of severe weather” could have rocked the huge boat, named Seacor Power.

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 capsized vessel.

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Mr Simon urged social media users to ‘pray for the lost’ (Photo: Bruce J. Simon)
A truck moves along a flooded Old Gentilly highway as inclement weather passes through the New Orleans metro area on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
New Orleans suffered from flooded roads (Photo: AP)
Students walk during a downpour on the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the United States, April 13, 2021.
Louisiana was battered by showers and high-speed winds on Tuesday (Photo: Reuters)

Another response boat managed to save a passenger, while good Samaritan ships at the scene rescued four more from the water.

The company that owns the vessel, SEACOR Marine, told ABC News that the vessel is used in oil and gas exploration.

However, officials have reportedly not confirmed the number of people on board.

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