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Oct. 20 2017
U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas
Contact: 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas

UPDATE: Coast Guard responds to barge fire offshore of Port Aransas, Texas

Barge fire

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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, Texas.

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 areas.

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.".

-USCG-

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