Search continues for 12 missing crew of capsized lift boat

In: Vessels
The US Coast Guard is searching for 12 missing people after a commercial lift boat capsized 8 miles off the coast Port Fourchon.

Coast Guard rescue crews have searched more than 1,440 square miles, which is an area larger than the state of Rhode Island, during a combined search period of nearly 40 hours.

“Our rescue crews have been diligently continuing the search and rescue efforts for the missing people from the capsized vessel,”
said Captain Will Watson, commander of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “When it comes to search and rescue, each case is dynamic and no single case is the same as the next. Anytime our Coast Guard crews head out for search and rescue, it is always our hope to safely bring those people back and reunite them with their friends and families.”

The 129 foot vessel Seacor Power was struck by violent winds and waves up to 9 feet which caused the vessel to capsize. The Coast Guard responded to an emergency signal around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday local time. Multiple good Samaritan vessels responded to the alert.

The pre-commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Glen Harris, a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter, arrived on scene within 30 minutes and rescued one person from the water. Multiple good Samaritan vessels rescued four people and a Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew rescued another.

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