All fifteen people were rescued from a listing self-propelled self-elevating jackup platform, known in the US offshore industry as a liftboat, had taken a severe list, near Grand Isle, Louisiana, early on Nov 18.
At around 0316, watchstanders at the US Coast Guard’s New Orleans Sector received a report from the 134ft RAM XV111, of the Aries Marine Corporation, Lafayette, Louisiana, that she was taking on water about 23 miles west of Southwest Pass and there were 15 people on board.
The Coast Guard issued an urgent broadcast, and launched a USCG 45ft response boat from Grand Isle and a MI-45 Dolphin rescue helicopter.
The offshore crew/supply ship Starfleet Guardian, of Starfleet Marine, took off six people from the RAM XV111 and the remaining nine were taken off by the Grand Isle rescue boat and were then transferred to the Starfleet Guardian, which took them ashore.
The liftboat’s Master had reported that she had a 45 deg list and no power, causing the vessel to be unable to correct the list. While still taking on water, a steel tank filled with soap fell over the side, causing a hazard to navigation. The USCG warned mariners to watch out for it.
The liftboat had approximately 13,900 gallons of diesel on board but initially there were no reports of any discharge.