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1 killed, 2 missing after fishing boat hits tanker in bay

Coast Guard
Posted at 7:22 PM, Jan 15, 2020

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A member of a fishing boat crew was killed and two others are missing after their 81-foot craft collided with a 600-foot chemical tanker near the entrance to Galveston Bay just off the Texas coast, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

The fishing boat Pappy's Pride capsized after colliding with the tanker Bow Fortune near the Galveston jetties Tuesday afternoon. Two of the fishing boat's crew members were pulled from the water and turned over to paramedics, but a search continued Wednesday for two other crew members, the Coast Guard said in a statement. The Galveston Beach Patrol says one of the rescued crew members died a short time later.

About 500 feet of containment booms have been deployed around the capsized fishing boat, which was carrying 14,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and an oil sheen was reported around the vessel, the Coast Guard reported. Teams ashore were performing shoreline impact assessments of the impact.

The cause of the collision remained under investigation, the Coast Guard said.