U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas
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Guard suspends search for 2 missing crewmembers offshore of Port Aransas,
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard suspended
its search for two crewmembers offshore of Port Aransas, Texas Saturday
The two men went missing after the forward section
of a barge they were on exploded and caught fire Friday morning, three miles
off the jetties of Port Aransas.
The Coast Guard completed a comprehensive search
for the two unaccounted crewmembers on Friday and Saturday. Multiple oil
discharge recovery and Coast Guard assets are still on scene in the vicinity of
the barge that continue to maintain a vigilant watch for the men.
The Coast Guard is ready to resume the search upon
receiving any new information on the status or location of the two men.
“We want to convey our deepest condolences to the
families of the two crewmembers,” said Capt. Tony Hahn, sector commander of
Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi. “Our crews performed an exhaustive search
and will continue to remain vigilant and monitor the area closely.”