A commercial lift boat capsized off the coast of Louisiana on Tuesday evening. According to reports, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and multiple other vessels were on the scene attempting to rescue the occupants of the 129-foot vessel.
According to a statement from the U.S. Coast Guard Heartland, several “good Samaritan” vessels responded to the accident in a part of the Gulf of Mexico that’s just south of Grand Isle. The USCG also confirmed that it was sending a search plane to assist with the situation.
In another online post, the Coast Guard warned about “significant hazards to life and property” because of flooding and storms passing through the area early Tuesday. The severe weather caused damage in New Orleans and the nearby areas. Wind gusts reached about 117 mph in the area around the time the boat is speculated to have capsized.
Officials have yet to confirm how many people were on the boat. However, one news outlet has claimed that at least 18 people were on the boat, which is a commercial lift thought to be the Seacor Power owned by Seacor Marine. A second report indicates that at least six people have been rescued from the vessel.
Images released by the U.S. Coast Guard show the partially submerged boat jetting out from the water. A second image shows a man being assisted by multiple Coast Guardsmen.
Our Seacor injury and wrongful death lawyers will continue to follow this developing story as more updates about rescue efforts are released.