The Louisiana Coast Guard reported on Wednesday the wreck of a 19-man commercial vessel that capsized in a storm in the Gulf of Mexico. At the moment, the body of one deceased has been found, 12 people are still missing, six sailors were rescued.
At a press conference in New Orleans, Captain Will Watson, the Coast Guard sector commander, said the ship capsized late Tuesday night during a storm. The wind speed at that moment ranged from 130 to 145 km / h, and the sea level rose by 2-3 meters.
The owner of the 39-meter Seacor Power mobile crane vessel is Seacor Marine. Watson told reporters that there were 19 people on board when it left port on Tuesday.
The Coast Guard responded to an emergency radio message on Tuesday from a vessel 13 kilometers south of Port Fourchon, in southern Louisiana. The information about the wreck of the ship was broadcast on the air, and numerous ships that were at that moment in the area responded to it.
Self-propelled crane vessels with an open deck are used to transport heavy equipment, most often used to support drilling or oil exploration.
Two Coast Guard vessels arrived at the scene within 30 minutes and pulled two people out of the water. The rest of the ships on the spot rescued four more sailors.
The US National Weather Service said a cyclone formed off the Louisiana coast on Tuesday, causing a severe storm in the area.