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USCG, good Samaritans rescue 6, searching for more after lift boat capsizes

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Coast Guard
Posted at 7:40 PM, Apr 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-13 23:44:38-04

The U.S. Coast Guard and multiple good Samaritan vessels have rescued six people and are searching for more after a commercial lift boat capsized eight miles south of Port Fourchon.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a radio beacon notification at 4:30 p.m. of a distressed 129-foot commercial lift vessel and issued an urgent marine information broadcast, which multiple good Samaritan boatcrews responded to, according to the USCG.

SEACOR Marine confirmed to ABC News that the vessel is the SEACOR Power lift boat, which is used in oil and gas exploration.

The crew of the pre-commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris, a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter, arrived on scene within 30 minutes and rescued one person from the vessel. A response boat from Coast Guard Grand Isle rescued another person, and good Samaritan vessels on scene have rescued four others from the water, the Coast Guard reports.

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Among the rescue crews responding are one Coast Guard cutter (a second is en route); a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter; two Coast Guard Station Grand Isle Response Boats-Medium; four good Samaritan vessels; and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi.

U.S. Coast Guard Station Grand Isle posted photos of damage left behind by strong storms that swept through Louisiana on Tuesday.

Note: The Coast Guard's initial Tweet initially reported the vessel is 265 feet and off Grand Isle. They've since corrected that report; the correct vessel length is 129 feet and it's south of Port Fourchon.

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