The Coast Guard was today responding to a grounded dredge barge in the Matagorda Ship Channel near Port Lavaca, Texas.
Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received notification Monday evening that the dredge barge Everett Fisher began taking on water. The towing vessel Dana Robyn pushed the Everett Fisher aground and recovered the four crew members aboard. There were no reported injuries.
Due to the location of the grounded dredge barge a safety zone was established from mile marker 51 to mile marker 66 on the Matagorda Ship Channel. However, the Coast Guard lifted the safety zone and reopened the Matagorda Ship Channel to vessel traffic Tuesday evening after the dredge barge was successfully raised and removed from the channel.
As a precautionary measure containment boom was put in place throughout the salvage operation and Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi personnel monitored the situation to ensure the vessel was safely removed from the channel.
The cause of the incident is under investigation by Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi.