Two Missing after Barge Catches Fire in Texas

Lester Mason
October 21, 2017

Coast Guard officials said they received a mayday from the captain of the tug vessel Buster Brouchard around 4:35 a.m. saying that the vessel they were tugging, barge B255, was on fire and two crew members had gone missing.

Coast Guard crews and local agencies responded to a barge fire off the coast of Port Aransas on October 20, 2017.

The Coast Guard is searching for a crew member who went missing when a fuel barge caught on fire off the Texas coast.

First responders set up a 1,000-yard safety zone around the barge while crews put out the fire and determine the damage.

The ocean-going barge, carrying 140,000 barrels of crude oil, was waiting to cross the sand bar with assistance from a tug boat when the incident occurred.

A Coast Guard Station Port Aransas 45-foot response boat and an Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew departed to search for the missing crewmembers.

The dead person had not yet been identified and the fire was allowed to burn itself out before being extinguished, said Rick Adams, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Port Aransas.

None of the oil leaked into the ocean, but crews continue to monitor the situation, Steinmiller said.

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