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Boat capsizes in extreme weather as search begins for ‘multiple people missing’

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An urgent search is underway for missing people 'in the water' after a vessel capsized in extreme weather.

At least one boat has overturned, according to reports, after 75mph winds and heavy storms batter the coast near New Orleans and Louisiana.

The United States Coast Guard is assisting in the search for 'multiple people' after reports of 'multiple' vessels being hit.

At 9pm local time, six victims had been rescued so far but it is unclear how many are still missing.

The Coast Guard is attempting to put helicopters in the air to aid the mission but the weather conditions may prevent this.

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There are boats in the water searching for potential victims after the 175-foot commercial vessel overturned around 8 miles south of Grand Isle.

Wind gusts of 75mph were measured during the storm currently battling the south coast, writes Fox8 news.

Cutoff, Louisiana resident Simon Bruce posted photos of the intense waves on Facebook.

Bruce said he has never heard so many ‘mayday’ calls at one time in his life.

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

"Waves are breaking over the bow,” he said.

Bruce mentioned that people fell out of nearby boats. “Please pray for the lost,” he added.

It's not clear how many were onboard but local media wrote it is understood to be 18.

Additional ships by the Coast Guards are on the way from Houston, as well as a search plane from Corpus Chritsti.

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