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2 missing, 1 dead after fishing vessel and tanker collide near Galveston

The Bow Fortune, owned by Odfjell.

PortandTerminal.com, January 15, 2020

GALVESTON, TX – Two fishermen are missing and one person is dead after a fishing boat collided with a 600-foot chemical tanker near the Galveston jetties.

The crash happened around 3:35 p.m. on Tuesday authorities said. According to the Coast Guard, four men were on a fishing boat in the area when they were involved in a collision with a 600-foot chemical tanker, the Bow Fortune which is owned by Odjfell, a Norwegian company.

At the time of the incident, Bow Fortune was inbound and under pilotage as first vessel in a convoy. 

The fishing vessel involved has been identified as the 81-foot Pappy’s Pride shown here

Two men were pulled out of the water and were rushed to the hospital, authorities said. Emergency responders had to perform CPR on one of the men who was unresponsive, but that man later died, authorities said. The condition of the other man is unclear.

Crews worked to find the other two fishermen, but due to the fog, they had to suspend the search around 8 p.m. Authorities said they do not know when the search will resume. There is still heavy fog in the area and crews have to wait until it is safe for rescuers to start searching again.

The area was shrouded in heavy fog all day Tuesday, so the circumstances of the crash are still unclear. Authorities said they are working to learn more details.

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