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Coast Guard says 265-ft commercial boat capsized amid severe weather off Louisiana coast; rescue efforts ongoing

U.S. Coast Guard. (Mate 3rd Class Jacob J. Kirk/WikiCommons)
April 15, 2021

The U.S. Coast Guard says it is responding to a report of a “265-ft capsized commercial lift boat” in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday amid severe weather warnings.

The Coast Guard says the incident occurred south of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and other good Samaritan vessels are also attempting to help.

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

Videos from the area show drenching rains and strong winds. Local lawmaker Scott Walker posted photos showing uprooted trees and damaged buildings.

“Praying for everyone around Grand Isle and all the communities in South Louisiana … Please stay safe in the storm,” tweeted U.S. Senator John Kennedy.

Jefferson Parish councilman Ricky Templet, whose district includes Grand Isle, told The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate that multiple vessels were overturned or ruined on the island.

“We expected some winds and possible rains, but nothing as extensive as what took place on the coastal areas of Jefferson Parish,” said Templet, according to the newspaper.

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