Louisiana ship capsize: Search for survivors from ‘lift’ vesselon April 14, 2021 at 8:50 am

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Rescuers have so far saved six of the commercial ship’s reported 18 crew members from the water.

Commercial vessel, reportedly the Seacor Power, capsized

image copyrightUS Coast Guard

Rescuers are searching for the missing crew members of a large commercial vessel after it capsized off the US state of Louisiana.

There were reportedly 18 people on board, and on Wednesday the US Coast Guard said it had so far rescued six.

The 129ft (39m) lift boat capsized about eight miles (12km) from Port Fourchon on Tuesday afternoon.

A spokesman for marine transportation company Seacor Marine later identified the vessel as belonging to the firm.

A lift boat is a self-propelled vessel with an open deck, often using legs and jacks, and is deployed to support drilling or exploration.

Map

Seacor spokesman Armond Batiste told the New York Times that the ship was the Seacor Power.

In a statement, the US Coast Guard said it had received an emergency radio notification at 16:30 (21:30 GMT) that there was a distressed commercial vessel about eight miles from the coast.

It said an “urgent marine information broadcast” had been issued which “multiple good Samaritan boat crews responded to”.

Coast Guard rescue operation

image copyrightUS Coast Guard

Two Coast Guard ships rescued one person each, while civilian boat crews pulled another four people out of the water.

There are now four Coast Guard vessels, four civilian “good Samaritan” boats, and an Ocean Sentry sea aeroplane searching the water for the rest of the crew.

The National Weather Service’s New Orleans area head, Benjamin Schott, told NBC News that a “wake low” weather phenomenon on Tuesday afternoon caused winds of 70-80mph, which would have made the seas very rough.

While incidents are decreasing year-on-year, there are still dangers associated with commercial shipping.

According to the AGCS Safety and Shipping Review 2020, a total of 951 ships have been lost in the past 10 years – 15 of them in 2019.

One-third of ship losses in 2019 happened in South China, Indochina, the Philippines and Indonesia, the report added – describing this area as “the global hotspot”.

- Advertisement -

Discover

Sponsor

Latest

New fleets of private satellites are clogging the night sky

Astronomer Cliff Johnson was peering into deep space before dawn when something close to Earth interrupted his view. He and colleagues were searching for dwarf...

Covid-19: Vaccine passports ‘unethical’, church ministers warnon April 17, 2021 at 12:55 am

More than 1,200 ministers have written to the PM warning Covid certificates are a "form of coercion".As restrictions ease, certificates could play a role...

Summer holiday demand shifts to autumn amid travel uncertaintyon April 26, 2021 at 7:02 pm

Thomas Cook and Kuoni see autumn bookings surge as travellers defer summer breaks amid travel uncertainty.image copyrightGetty ImagesPeople are increasingly putting off their summer...

Osaka beats Williams in straight sets to reach Australian Open finalon February 18, 2021 at 5:34 am

Naomi Osaka beats Serena Williams to reach the Australian Open final and end Williams' quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.Naomi Osaka beats...

EM Review: U.S.-China Row Failed to Derail End-of-Month Rally

Emerging-market assets rose last week as optimism over the reopening of economies in Europe and the U.S. outweighed rising U.S.-China tensions. Stocks even edged...