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Port says it will reopen 'when it is absolutely safe' to do so

Posted at 1:36 PM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 19:05:49-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Port of Corpus Christi is continuing recovery efforts in the wake of Friday's explosion, but officials do not say when the port will reopen.

Recovery efforts continued on Sunday with the United States Coast Guard and the Unified Incident Command Team in the dredging vessel Waymon L. Boyd incident.

A statement Sunday from port officials says the restricted portion of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel will reopen when it is absolutely safe to do so.

"As the only major refining center on the U.S. Gulf Coast that currently is not expected to be within the anticipated area of impact from Tropical Storms Marco and Laura, efforts are also focused on recovery operations and reopening the affected portion of the Ship Channel so these critical refining centers can resume normal operations,” the statement said.

The Coast Guard suspended its search late Saturday for two missing crew members from the dredging vessel Waymon L. Boyd.

“Our Coast Guard crews worked intently alongside state and local partners to locate the two crew members who remained missing, but unfortunately, we were unable to locate them,” said Capt. Edward Gaynor, commander, Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi. “The decision to suspend a search is never easy and a lot of factors are considered before suspending a search. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of the missing crew members during this difficult time.”

Stay with KRIS 6 News for the latest in information about the Waymon L. Boyd incident.