Shipwreck off the coast of Louisiana: one person killed, 12 missing

The disaster occurred on Tuesday evening; six sailors were rescued.

In Louisiana, the US Coast Guard reported on Wednesday that a commercial vessel with 19 people on board capsized due to a storm in the Gulf of Mexico. At the moment, the body of one dead person has been found, 12 people are still missing, and six sailors were rescued.

At a news conference in New Orleans, Captain Will Watson, the Coast Guard sector commander, said the ship capsized late Tuesday during a storm. The wind speed at this time was from 130 to 145 km / h, and the sea level rose by 2-3 meters.

The owner of the 39-meter self-propelled crane vessel Seacor Power is Seacor Marine. Watson told reporters that there were 19 people on board the ship when it left port on Tuesday.

The Coast Guard responded to an emergency radio message received on Tuesday from a ship located 13 km south of Port Fourchon, in southern Louisiana. Information about the shipwreck was broadcast on the radio, and it was responded to by numerous vessels that were in the area at the time.

Self-propelled crane vessels with an open deck are used to transport heavy equipment and are most often used to support well drilling or oil exploration.

Two Coast Guard vessels arrived at the scene within 30 minutes and pulled the two men out of the water. The remaining vessels on the scene rescued four more sailors.

The National Weather Service reported that a cyclone formed off the coast of Louisiana on Tuesday, which caused a strong storm to develop in the area.

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