U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas
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UPDATE: Coast Guard responds to barge fire offshore of Port
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -
The Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office and a Bouchard Transportation
representative continue to respond to a barge that caught fire Friday morning three miles off the jetties of Port Aransas,
The Coast Guard continues search and
rescue efforts to find the two unaccounted for crewmembers.
The fire has been extinguished and is
being monitored for reflash, or re-ignition, by a local surface asset fire
watch which will be in effect through the night.
Air monitoring has been completed by
the state and confirmed to be no threat to the public.
The unified command is working to keep
any oil discharge contained and mitigate any impacts to the marine environment.
2,000-feet of oil-containment boom has arrived on scene and is currently
being deployed around the barge to contain any oil that has entered the water. An
additional 6,000-feet of boom is on scene to protect environmentally sensitive
The Captain of the Port has closed the
entrance and jetty channels leading to the Corpus Christi ship channel from
Harbor Island to offshore in order to prevent the spread of discharged oil into
the port and to safely facilitate cleanup operations. The Lydia Ann channel and
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway remain open. A 1,000-yard safety zone remains in
effect around the barge.
"The unified command is dedicated
to mitigate all threats while ensuring the safety of all response
personnel," said Capt. Jason Smith, the Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi
acting sector commander. "We are very appreciative to the Aransas-Corpus
Christi Pilot Association, Port of Corpus Christi, and maritime community who
have supported the efforts to extinguish the fire, contain the discharge and
search for the missing crewmembers.".