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USCG searching for 4 barge crew members after pipeline fire in Corpus Christi

PortandTerminal.com, August 21, 2020

CORPUS CHRISTI – The US Coast Guard is searching for four people after a dredging vessel hit a propane pipeline Friday morning in the Port of Corpus Christi Ship Channel in Texas, officials said.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that four crew members are missing.

Six crew members were injured, Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales said in a statement. Four were taken to hospitals by ambulance and two others were airlifted to a hospital by the Coast Guard.

The fire was reported about 8 a.m. near Nueces Bay in the northern part of the city. Flames and a large plume of black smoke were visible.

Firefighters said the fire ignited a barge which at this point is fully engulfed. The fire then spread from the pipeline to the grain elevator.

The Inner Harbor from Harbor Bridge inward of the ship channel is closed.

The Coast Guard and partner agencies are scheduled to hold a press conference to speak on the search and response efforts of the dredging vessel Waymon L Boyd fire in Corpus Christi, Texas, Friday at 4:30 pm local time.

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