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Extreme weather capsizes vessel and leaves ‘multiple people in the water’ near Grand Isle in Louisiana


THE US COAST GUARD is looking for several people in the southern Louisiana waters after a large commercial boat capsized during a severe storm this afternoon.

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Jonathan Lally said the agency received several reports of "multiple vessels hit" during the weather snap in Grand Isle.

He continued, saying there are Coast Guard boats in the water searching for victims, while they're gauging the wind conditions to see if helicopters can safely fly over the water.

The boat was identified by the Coast Guard as being a 265-foot-long commercial lift boat.

Additional Coast Guard ships are en route from Houston, as well as a search plane from Corpus Christi.

Wind gusts of 75MPH were reported during the storm.

Bruce Simon, a resident of Cutoff, said he never heard so many "mayday" calls in his life.

"I’m on the boat and we doing 4 knots keeping the bow in the wind," he wrote on Facebook.

"Waves are breaking over the bow," Simon added.

Simon said the waters were so severe, he saw people in nearby boats fall out as well.

"Please pray for the lost," he ended on Facebook.

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