On August 30, the 68 foot long, 122 gt fishing vessel Master D caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico near Port Isabel, Texas. All three crewmen on the Master D were forced to abandoned ship into a life raft as the smoke engulfed the vessel. Authorities were alerted by an emergency radio beacon from the Master D and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Coho to the scene. The Coho arrived and safely rescued all three crew members. No reports of injuries.
After burning for two days, the Master D sank 58 miles off Port Isabel. Reports show a light sheen over the wreck location. The Coast Guard has reported that it will work with a salvage team to remove any diesel fuel or oil pollution released by the fishing vessel. The Master D had some 23,000 gallons of fuel on board at the time of the incident.
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.