Six rescued, search on for 13 more after boat capsizes off Louisiana

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Search and rescue efforts were continuing off Louisiana Wednesday for 13 people missing after a commercial lift boat capsized in rugged seas in the Gulf of Mexico, CBS New Orleans affiliate WWL-TV reports. The Coast Guard says six others have been rescued.

The agency said the search was being conducted by several of its boats and two of its aircraft along with several good Samaritan vessels some eight miles off Port Fourchon, in the area where the 129-foot Seacor Power capsized Tuesday afternoon.

Capsized lift boat Seacor Power  is seen in Gulf of Mexico off Port Fourchon, Louisiana on April 13, 2021. / Credit: U.S. Coast Guard handout
Capsized lift boat Seacor Power is seen in Gulf of Mexico off Port Fourchon, Louisiana on April 13, 2021. / Credit: U.S. Coast Guard handout

According to MarineTraffic.com, the vessel left port around 2:12 p.m. A source told WWL the Seacor Power capsized shortly after 4 p.m.

A Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter was on the scene within a half-hour.

According to WWL Chief Meteorologist Chris Franklin, winds hit upwards of 70 mph offshore and with less resistance than a weather system finds on land. However, some social media videos from boats reportedly in the area showed gusts in triple digits on occasion.

Crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris pull a man from the water after a commercial lift vessel capsized in a storm in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana on April 13, 2021. U.S. Coast Guard Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris/Handout via REUTERS / Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris / Handout via REUTERS
Crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris pull a man from the water after a commercial lift vessel capsized in a storm in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana on April 13, 2021. U.S. Coast Guard Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris/Handout via REUTERS / Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris / Handout via REUTERS

Franklin said a computer model estimated some wave heights at nearly 50 feet. He explained that a lack of buoys in that area prevents actual measurements and he thought that while the waves were substantial, he doubted they hit 50 feet.

Franklin was forecasting similar weather Wednesday morning to Tuesday's, with winds up to 60 mph in some places and rain moving in.

The Coast Guard said the following were taking part in the search:

· 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

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