This US Coast Guard handout photo shows the Coast Guard Station Grand Isle heading towards a capsized lift boat on Tuesday. AFP
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 kilometres (100 miles) south of New Orleans.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris pull a person from the water. AFP
The ship was a 129-foot (39.3 meters) 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 75 miles per hour (120 kilometres per hour) on Louisiana's southern coast, according to local media.
Lifeguards, the US Coast Guard and other agencies responded around 10:30am following reports of an overturned vessel in the waves near the rugged peninsula of Point Loma, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Catastrophic flooding in Middle Tennessee as record-shattering rainfall washed away homes and rural roads, authorities said. Sheriff Chris Davis told the media that the flooding is the worst he has seen in 28 years with the department.
The two incidents underscored a surge in migrants seeking passage to Florida in flimsy vessels through the Caribbean by way of the Bahamas, a known hub for sea-borne human smuggling.
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