Coast Guard, local agencies work to refloat grounded supply vessel
|A oil rig platform supply vessel is grounded off the coast of San Jose Island, Texas, March 4, 2013. The Coast Guard is working with International Offshore Services on a plan to refloat the boat. U.S. Coast Guard photo.|
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard and local agencies are working to refloat an oil rig platform supply vessel after it ran aground on San Jose Island, Monday, with four people aboard.
One of the vessel's crewmembers contacted Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders to report the incident and to request assistance. No injuries, damage or pollution were reported, but the captain estimated that the vessel had 8,000 gallons of fuel and 110 gallons of lube oil on board.
Coast Guard crews were launched aboard a 45-foot response boat from Station Port Aransas and a HU-25 Falcon jet and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Corpus Christi to assist and evaluate the situation.
"The safety of mariners at sea and maintaining stewardship of the marine environment are critical issues we must consider when attempting any operation," said Cmdr. Daniel Deptula, chief of the Sector Corpus Christi response department. "We're working closely with state and local agencies to formulate a plan that would refloat the vessel in the safest and most intelligent way, without causing undue stress on the surrounding environment."
Officials are working with International Offshore Services, in accordance with the boats emergency response plan, on a plan to refloat the vessel.