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Two missing dredge crew members found

Posted at 2:43 PM, Aug 24, 2020

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The bodies of the two crew members reported missing after Friday's explosion at the Port of Corpus Christi have been recovered.

A salvage crew found the bodies of Rafael Espinoza and Miguel Martinez early Monday as they were recovering the wreckage of their dredging vessel.

A statement released by the United States Coast Guard on Monday said all crew members have now been located, and family members have been notified.

A piece of the Waymon Boyd also was found in the middle of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, and the safety zone implemented after Friday's blast has been modified to allow traffic into the port's Inner Harbor with restrictions.

The incident remains under investigation.

The dredge reportedly caught fire after hitting an underwater natural gas pipeline, causing an explosion.