Frantic hunt launched as boat carrying passengers capsizes in 75mph storm

A frantic search is underway with people going missing after a ship capsized near New Orleans in 75 mph winds and severe storms.

The U.S. Coast Guard said it had been informed of a capsized boat about 7 miles offshore from Port Fourchon.

Two rescue vessels are currently on site from Grand Isle Station and nearby ships are helping with rescue operations.

At least one boat overturned after strong winds hit the coast near New Orleans and Louisiana, according to local reports.

It is not known how many people were on board the capsized elevator ship, but according to local reports there were 18 people.

The Coast Guard said they are searching the water and six people have been rescued so far.

Sergeant Jonathan Lally said NPR: “The Coast Guard and several Good Samaritan Ships are on site about 8 miles south of Grand Isle.

“We’re still trying to figure out the actual number of people who were on board.”

He said a “bad weather microburst” could have caused the vehicle to tip over.

According to KATC The crew of a 154-foot fast-response cutter arrived on site within half an hour and rescued one person from the ship.

Another Grand Isle Coast Guard response boat rescued a second person, and Good Samaritan vessels on site rescued four more from the water.

Images of the storm

The capsized vessel

SEACOR Marine, who owns the ship, said ABC News that the lift boat is the SEACOR Power, which is used in oil and gas exploration.

The company reportedly didn’t say how many people were on board.

In a statement, the U.S. Coast Guard said it had received reports of a distress signal at 4:30 p.m. local time.

They further replied to the 129-foot commercial elevator ship eight miles south of Port Fourchon.

The area had battled violent storms before the boat capsized.

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