Lucas Bourg Liftboat Evacuated in Gulf of Mexico Amid Stability Concerns

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November 27, 2013

Two survivors from a vessel with stability issues in the Gulf of Mexico take a photo with the Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans aircrew who rescued them and transported them to the air station in Belle Chasse, La., Nov. 26, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

A liftboat in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico has been evacuated after severe weather raised concerns about the stability of the vessel located about 30 miles offshore Mobile, Alabama.

On Tuesday, Louisiana-based Offshore Marine Contractors notified that Coast Guard over growing concerns about the stability of their liftboat, Lucas Bourg, due to the predicted 18-foot sea seas in area.

The offshore supply vessel ThunderAmerica evacuated 11 of 13 crewmembers from the Lucas Bourg before transporting them to Pascagoula, Mississippi. Later the master and crane operator, who remained onboard the Lucas Bourg, requested Coast Guard assistance.

A helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans responded and hoisted the two remaining crewmembers using the crane and man basket before transported them to Air Station New Orleans.

The Coast Guard said that their were no reported injuries and the abandoned liftboat is currently stable and being remotely monitored.

The Lucas Bourg can operate in waters up to 130 feet with a maximum 15′ air gap.


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