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Coast Guard releases video of a dredge vessel fire rescue

Coast Guard rescue two crew members after dredge vessel fire
Posted at 9:15 AM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 15:20:34-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — US Coast Guard members have released a video of a rescue of two men after a dredging vessel caught fire.

The incident happened just after 8 a.m. Friday in the Port of Corpus Christi Ship Channel.

A port spokesperson said a dredge called the Waymon L. Boyd hit an underwater natural gas pipeline, causing the massive explosion that sent plumes of black smoke into the air at about 8 a.m. Firefighters said the fire ignited the dredge and spread from the pipeline to a nearby grain elevator.

Two people remain missing, and six were injured after an explosion

Rescue video from the Coast Guard shows rescue crews lifting two of the workers out of the water.

The two men were transported to the Corpus Christi Medical Center Bay Area.