The Borneo Post (Sabah)

12 missing off US Gulf Coast after ship capsizes

-

WASHINGTON: A dozen people were missing at sea off the US state of Louisiana on Wednesday after a commercial ship capsized in the Gulf of Mexico, sparking a rescue operation that saved six others.

The United States Coastguard and a fleet of volunteers were deployed to search for the 18 crew on board after the vessel capsized in a storm near Port Fourchon, about 160 kilometers south of New Orleans.

The ship was a 39.3 metres lift vessel, the coastguard said, adding that the search for the remaining crew was ongoing.

“We’re still looking for others right now,” Petty Officer Jonathan Lally, a spokesman for the coastguard, told The Washington Post early on Wednesday. The operation came as an unexpected­ly strong storm hit the area, creating dangerous conditions for boats in the Gulf.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheri­c Administra­tion reported gusts up to 120 kilometres per hour on Louisiana’s southern coast, according to local media.

 ?? — AFP photo ?? Combo photo shows (left) the Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot Respone Boat-Medium boatcrew heading towards the capsized boat while the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris, a pre-commission­ed 154-foot Fast Reponse Cutter managed to pull a person from the water.
— AFP photo Combo photo shows (left) the Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot Respone Boat-Medium boatcrew heading towards the capsized boat while the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris, a pre-commission­ed 154-foot Fast Reponse Cutter managed to pull a person from the water.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia