Additional information about the vessels sunk by Hurricane Harvey. The Coast Guard has released photos of the towboats Sabine Pass, Sandy Point and Belle Chasse which were in Lydia Ann Channel near Port Aransas, Texas when the hurricane struck. Two vessels, Sabine Pass and Sandy Point, were washed ashore while the Belle Chasse sunk in the Lydia Ann Channel. Each towboat had 2 empty barges which broke free during the hurricane. The barges now rest high and dry on the bank near the channel. No reports of injuries as all 11 crew had been safely evacuated.
Salvage efforts have been started including refloating the of the drillship Paragon DPDS 1 and other vessels sunk or aground near Port Aransas or Corpus Christi, Texas.
On August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall at Rockport, Texas. Just a short distance away, the Coast Guard reported several vessels requesting assistance or had become disabled in Port Aransas. Below is the list of commercial vessels requiring asisstance at Port Aransas.
The tugboat Signet Constellation had partially sank and requested assistance. Four crew rescued by the Coast Guard.
The 24 meter long, 232 gt tugboat Sandy Point requested assistance with four crew rescued by the Coast Guard
The tugboat Sabine requested assistance. Seven crew were hoisted to safety by Coast Guard helicopters and delivered to a nearby rig near Aransas Pass.
The 149 meter long, 9200 dwt drillship Paragon DPDS I was reported aground at the entrance to Port Aransas. Reports state the vessel had been laid up before the hurricane and had broken its mooring lines and drifted aground. No details if anyone was on board the vessel at the time.
The 163-foot long fishing vessel Sandy Point sank after colliding with the boxship Eurus London near Gulfport, Mississippi. The 16 crewmen on board the Sandy Point were thrown overboard with the 13 recovered. Eleven men were rescued by the pilotboat while 2 other were recovered by the Eurus London. The Coast Guard is conducting an air and sea search of the surrounding area for the 3 missing men. Six divers were dispatched to help with search and recovery operations at the site. The recovered men had limited injuries. There was a significant amount of pollution released with 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel, nets and other dibris from the Sandy Point. Environmental crews has been dispatched to the scene and have placed boom and are collecting in oil in the water. The Sandy Point rests in 25 feet of water. The Eurus London was towed by tugs from the scene. The boxship was headed for Freeport, Texas before the incident. The Sandy Point was fishing for menhaden which aslo known as “pogey”. The Coast Guard will be conducting an investigation into the accident.