Rescue teams are searching for 12 missing people after a sudden ‘microburst’ storm with 75mph winds capsized a boat off the coast of Louisiana Tuesday.    

By Robb Hays

Six crew members have already been rescued by Good Samaritans and the Coast Guard after the 129 foot Seacor Power took on water during the bad weather.

The U.S. Coast Guard had tweeted Tuesday evening to say it was assisting in the search for survivors. 

USCG Petty Officer Jonathan Lally later told Fox8 six people had so far been rescued; two by the coast guard and four by Good Samaritans.

It is believed 18 people were on board on the boat and rescue teams are continuing to search for the 12 missing. Earlier reports said ‘multiple people’ were in the water.

A ‘microburst’ storm may have hit the lift boat causing it to sink, coast guard spokesman Lally said. 

He later added: ‘As of now, we are trying to find out how many people are missing but we are still continuing to search.’ 

Lift boats are used to service offshore drilling platforms, playing an important role in the oil and gas industry.

Bruce Simon said in a Facebook post Tuesday evening that he was out on the water. 

Rescuers are searching for 12 missing people after sudden ‘microburst’ storm with
75mph winds capsized their boat off the coast of Louisiana Tuesday, pictured

He wrote: ‘I’m on the boat and we doing 4 knots keeping the bow in the wind.

Waves are breaking over the bow. Please pray for the lost.’ 

USCG Petty Officer Jonathan Lally later told Fox8 six people had so far been rescued,
pictured; two by the coast guard and four by Good Samaritans

Lally added: ‘We don’t have good clarification of exactly how many people we are still searching for and we don’t know the exact cause of the incident but we do know at the time of the report and incident there was inclement weather in the area but the focus is to find the missing people.’

‘The Coast Guard and Good Samaritan vessel has actually been able to rescue 6 people so far, we’ve had pre-commissioned Coast Guard cutter Glen Harris rescue one person, one of our station Grand Isle boats rescued another and four other people were rescued by Good Samaritan vessels.’

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