Coast Guard Searches for Missing Workers from W. Cote Blanche Bay Fire

On October 12th the U.S. Coast Guard crews and local agency partners continued to search into the evening for three missing crewmembers in the water after the tug and barge they were on reportedly struck a natural gas pipeline in West Cote Blanche Bay, Louisiana.

A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew from Air Station New Orleans will search until midnight and then return to search again at dawn. The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Department, water patrol section, will continue to search throughout the night and will enforce a Coast Guard one-mile safety zone.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Morgan City and the National Transportation and Safety Board.

  • Tug owner: Central Boat Rentals Inc., Berwick, La.
  • Barge owner: Athena Construction, Morgan City, La.
  • Gas pipeline owner: Gulfport Energy Corporation, Oklahoma City

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