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12 missing after commercial boat capsizes off Louisiana coast

Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 6:37 PM EDT
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(WHSV) - Severe storms and heavy rain have been causing all sorts of problems on and off the coast of Louisiana including the frantic search for people missing from a capsized commercial boat.

Severe storms brought hail and damaging winds to Louisiana Tuesday afternoon and then the storm went off-shore. During the day Tuesday, a commercial boat departed Louisiana’s southern port before the storm headed their way.

Currently, it’s a race to find people missing in the water off the Louisiana coast. One crew member’s body was recovered and a dozen others are still missing after a commercial boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Weather Service had issued a special marine warning about steep waves in the area. Several good samaritan boat crews responded and joined coast guard crews in the rescue operation. The vessel that capsized is used for oil and gas exploration.

“We had 80 to 90 mile per hour winds, now consider that challenging... 80 to 90 mile per hour winds and 7 to 9 foot seas, and extremely limited visibility. That’s challenging under any circumstance,” said Captain Will Watson, commander Coast Guard Sector New Orleans.

While the search continues off-shore, on-shore, Louisiana is bracing for flash flooding.

Wednesday, some of the Gulf Coast have a risk for excessive rainfall. This threat is centered in the central portions of Louisiana where flash flooding risks are significant.

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