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    united states coast guard

    News Release
    U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
    Contact: 8th District Public Affairs
    Office: 504-671-2020
    After Hours: 618-225-9008
    Eighth District online newsroom

    Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue 6 people from capsized vessel 8 miles south of Port Fourchon, searching for more

    A Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat-crew heads toward a capsized 175-foot commercial lift boat April 13, 2021 searching for people in the water 8 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris, a pre-commissioned 154-foot Fast Response Cutter, pulls a person from the water April 13, 2021 after a 175-foot commercial lift boat capsized 8 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana.

    NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard and multiple good Samaritan vessels rescued six people from a capsized commercial vessel Tuesday and are searching for more 8 miles south of Port Fourchon.

    Coast Guard watch standers received an emergency position indicating radio beacon notification at 4:30 p.m. of a distressed 129-foot commercial lift vessel. The watch standers issued an urgent marine information broadcast, which multiple good Samaritan boat-crews responded to.

    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 capsized vessel. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat-crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle rescued another person and good Samaritan vessels on scene rescued four other people from the water.

    Rescue crews searching:

    Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris
    Coast Guard Cutter Amberjack en route
    A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
    Two Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot RB-M
    Four good Samaritan vessels
    An HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi
    Editors' Note: Our initial Tweet incorrectly reported the vessel is 265-feet and off Grand Isle. The correct vessel length is 129-feet and it's south of Port Fourchon.


    What is a lift boat?


    The Seacor Power is a commercial lift vessel that capsized Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico during a severe storm off Louisiana's coast.

    It is designed to become an offshore platform by dropping three towering legs down to the sea floor. A common name is a lift boat or a jackup barge.

    It travels to a location with its massive legs in the air and then the crew lowers the vessel's legs to stabilize the platform while they work.

    The Seacor Power, a 129-foot lift boat, capsized in the Gulf of Mexico about 8 miles south of Port Fourchon, officials said

    Port Fourchon, Louisiana’s southernmost seaport, is a major base for the U.S. oil and gas industry, supporting most of Louisiana’s offshore platforms and drilling rigs.

    The vessel left Port Fourchon Tuesday at 2:12 p.m., according to Marine Traffic. The Coast Guard received an emergency distress signal from the Seacor Power at 4:30 p.m.

    Officials did not know how many people were aboard the vessel, reported the New York Times.

    “We’re still searching for more people,” Petty Officer Jonathan Lally, a spokesman for the Coast Guard 8th District, said in an interview with the paper Tuesday night.

    The Times-Picayune reported that the vessel is used for oil and gas exploration, and Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson III confirmed to the outlet 18 people were on board before it was capsized.

    The National Weather Service's New Orleans office on Tuesday issued Special Marine Warnings in the region. The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services reports wind gusts as high as 75 mph occurred there Tuesday afternoon.

    The Coast Guard received reports of multiple vessels being impacted by the weather, WAFB 9News reports, citing spokesman Petty Officer Jonathan Lally.

    Hit by the storm, the Seacor Power flipped over in the Gulf. Photos released by the Coast Guard show the corner of the vessel sticking up out of the water. The foot that normally goes on the sea floor is in the air and is in the retracted position used for travel.

    Here's a picture (on the left) of what the Seacor Power usually looks like when it is parked in the water with its legs extended to the sea floor.

    Messages left for the capsized vessel's owner, Seacor Marine, weren't immediately returned late Tuesday.

    What do lift boats do?
    Here are two videos explaining more about the purpose of lift boats.

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    Looks like a death trap rig to me.