Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2020 – Last Friday, a dredging vessel named the Waymon L Boyd, caught fire after it struck a submerged pipeline. The ship was owned by Houston-based marine construction contractor Orion Marine Group. According to a recent news source, the pipeline, which was carrying natural gas, exploded as the vessel made contact. The ship immediately caught fire, seriously injuring several crew members on board and killing several others.
The initial collision between the vessel and the pipeline occurred on Friday morning, around 8 a.m. By Friday afternoon, the fire was contained. However, the boat caught fire again on Friday evening. The United States Coast Guard was able to put out the fire by 10 p.m. on Friday, and the vessel sank a short time later.
Initially, rescue crews were unable to account for four crew members. However, the bodies of two of the missing crew members were found the following morning. Rescuers continued to search for the other two missing crew members until Sunday when the Coast Guard called off the search.
Authorities explained that the focus of the investigation was initially to locate all victims. However, now that the search has been called off, a more in-depth investigation is being conducted into the accident’s cause. The dredging vessel carried up to 6,000 gallons of fuel, although there has been no report on how much fuel was on-board at the time of the collision. A spokesperson for the Port of Corpus Christi explained that “a determination of the cause will be forthcoming … but until a full investigation is complete, any speculation of the cause is premature.”
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