Coast Guard rescues lift boat crewmembers

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued four crewmembers aboard the lift boat Superior Trust, as it became unstable near Southwest Pass, Louisiana, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a call at 3:19 a.m. reporting one of the Superior Trust’s legs failed and made contact with a natural gas platform’s walkway resulting in approximately 10 gallons of oil discharge.

Coast Guard Station Venice launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew at 3:36 a.m. The boatcrew arrived on scene at 4:30 a.m. and safely transported the crew of the Superior Trust back to Coast Guard Station Venice.

Coast Guard Cutter Brant crewmembers arrived on scene at 10:41 a.m. to monitor the Superior Trust. A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew conducted an over flight.

Superior Energy is developing a salvage plan to recover the Superior Trust and has a pollution cleanup company on standby.

I.G. Petroleum, L.L.C., is deploying a vessel to survey the damage to the platform and begin repairs.

There were no reported injuries.

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