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One dead, 12 missing after ship capsizes off southern US coast
This US Coast Guard handout photo shows Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot Respone Boat-Medium boatcrew heading toward a capsized 175-foot commerical lift boat April 13, 2021 searching for people in the water 8 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana. One person died and 12 were missing after a commercial lift vessel capsized in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, the US Coast Guard said April 14. Coast Guard ships and a fleet of volunteer vessels were deployed to search for survivors after the Seacor Power capsized Tuesday in an unexpectedly strong storm near Port Fourchon, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of New Orleans.
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One dead, 12 missing after ship capsizes off southern US coast

(Agence France-Presse) - April 15, 2021 - 12:46pm

WASHINGTON, United States — One person died and 12 were missing after a commercial lift vessel capsized in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, the US Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Coast Guard ships and a fleet of volunteer vessels were deployed to search for survivors after the Seacor Power capsized Tuesday in an unexpectedly strong storm near Port Fourchon, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of New Orleans.

Coast Guard Captain Will Watson said he received a distress call from the ship just before 4:30 pm Tuesday.

"We have rescued six survivors" of the crew of 19, Watson said at a press conference. Initially the Coast Guard said the ship had a crew of 18.

The body of a seventh person was found and pulled from the ocean, Watson said.

"The search effort continues for the remaining 12," he said. "We are saturating the area with available resources to assist in the rescue mission."

The Seacor Power was a 129-foot (39.3 meters) commercial lift vessel, the Coast Guard said.

A lift vessel is a barge with a large flat deck and giant legs attached to it. They are commonly used in offshore oil and gas operations.

While traveling, lift vessels carry their legs in the air, and upon reaching their destination the legs are pushed to the ocean floor and the flat deck is raised from the water.

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