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Coast Guard: emergency ends where tug hit pipeline

3 years 6 months 1 week ago March 19, 2013 Mar 19, 2013 Tuesday, March 19 2013 March 19, 2013 3:31 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

LAFITTE- An emergency situation near the Gulf of Mexico has ended, according to the Coast Guard.

Last Tuesday, a tugboat and barge collided with a pipeline causing an explosion and a fire that burned for days.

The four crew onboard the tug escaped, but the captain sustained second and third-degree burns.

Today, the Coast Guard reported the emergency response ended. But, monitoring will continue for any potential environmental impacts. A salvage plan is also being drafted to lift the tug from the bottom of Bayou Perot since it sank after the crash.

IMAGE: file from 03/14/13 of tug fire

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