Two Missing After Fishing Vessel and Tanker Collide Near Galveston Jetties

Mike Schuler
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January 15, 2020

FILE PHOTO: MT Bow Fortune. Photo: MarineTraffic.com/Hans-Peter Schroeder

Two fishermen are missing after their 81-foot fishing vessel collided with a tanker near the Galveston jetties in Galveston, Texas on Tuesday.

Another other fishermen has reportedly died. 

The U.S. Coast Guard reports that Vessel Traffic Service Houston-Galveston watchstanders were notified at 3:35 p.m. of four people in the water after a collision between the F/V Pappy’s Pride and the 600-foot chemical tanker Bow Fortune near the Galveston jetties.

Sector Houston-Galevston watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a Station Galveston 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew and a 29-foot Response Boat-Small boat crew, the Coast Guard said.

Two of the fishermen were pulled from the water by the crew of another vessel and the RB-M boat crew.

One of the fishermen was unresponsive so crews administered CPR until until EMS arrived. Both were transferred to medical personnel.

Galveston’s The Daily News reports that one of fishermen has died from their injuries.

The search for the two fishermen is ongoing.

The cause of the collision is under investigation. 

A Station Galveston 45-foot Response Boat–Medium boat crew, 29-foot Response Boat–Small boat crew, multiple good Samaritan vessels, the Galveston Police Department were participating in the search as of Tuesday night.

The Norwegian-flagged oil/chemical tanker Bow Fortune was arriving from Lake Charles, Louisiana at the time of the incident, according to AIS data. It is now moored near Galveston, as of Wednesday morning.

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