One person is dead and 12 are missing after a commercial platform vessel capsized Tuesday afternoon off the Louisiana coast. Six of the 19 people on board the vessel have been rescued and brought to safety.
According to Will Watson, the sector commander of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, the Seacor Power capsized during a period of "extremely limited visibility" and challenging weather. Wind gusts were as high as 90 miles per hour and seas were seven to nine feet high.
"Unfortunately, we have recovered one individual on the surface of the water who was deceased, and the search effort continues for the remaining 12," said Watson. "My heart and the collective heart of our team goes out to the families and to Seacor, but we are giving it all we have."
The 129-foot ship remains overturned and partially submerged in approximately 55 feet of water, Watson said.
"We don't know at this time exactly the mission they were on, our focus is that the vessel has capsized and we are trying to find the folks that remain unaccounted for," Watson said.