Rescuers race time to find missing crew of capsized shipping vessel off coast of Louisiana

Rescuers scramble to search for the missing crew members of a large commercial vessel after it capsized off the US state of Louisiana.

The US Coast Guard confirmed one person was found dead and six others have been rescued. Twelve people are missing.

A spokesman said the search team was “giving it all we got” and remained optimistic.

The lift boat capsized about 12km from Port Fourchon on Tuesday afternoon.

The 129 feet vessel was identified as belonging to marine transport firm Seacor Marine.

A lift boat is a self-propelled vessel with an open deck, often using legs and jacks, and is deployed to support drilling or exploration.

The Coast Guard said boats and aircraft were covering a wide area looking for survivors.

Earlier, spokesman Will Watson said the vessel overturned amid strong winds and heavy seas that were “challenging under any circumstances”.

The Coast Guard said it had received an emergency radio notification at 16:30 that there was a distressed commercial vessel about eight miles from the coast.

It said an “urgent marine information broadcast” had been issued which “multiple good Samaritan boat crews responded to”.

Two Coast Guard ships rescued one person each, while civilian boat crews pulled four additional people out of the water.

Another person was found dead as rescue operations continue amid choppy waters.

There are now four Coast Guard vessels, four civilian boats, and an Ocean Sentry search and rescue aeroplane searching the water for the rest of the crew

According to AGCS Safety and Shipping Review 2020, a total of 951 ships have been lost in the past 10 years.

One-third of ship losses in 2019 happened in South China, Indochina, the Philippines and Indonesia, the report added – describing this area as “the global hotspot”.