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UPDATE: Cargo Ship Collided With Sabine Jetty


PORT ARTHUR — A 135-foot offshore supply vessel ran into a jetty at Texas Point, less than two miles from Sabine Pass, early Friday morning, spilling 3,000 gallons of diesel gas into the gulf.

Watchstanders from Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at 6:17 a.m. reporting that the “Miss Pearl” ran aground on the west side of the Sabine jetties.

All four crew members were rescued by the US Coast Guard helicopters and taken to the Beaumont Airport.

According to the USCG, the driver suffered an small injury to his face but the other three passengers we left unharmed.

“A few bloody lips from the initial impact but nothing life threatening,” US Coast Guard petty officer from Houston-Galveston Dennis Vetrano told the News Friday.

Emergency Medical Services aided the sailor but no hospitalization was necessary, according to USCG Marine Safety Unit-Port Arthur spokesman Jason Radcliffe

The cause of the grounding is still under investigation by the USCG.

“Miss Pearl,” has a capacity for 12,206 gallons of diesel fuel and 155 gallons of lube oil, according to the Seacor Marine website, the company who operates the vessel.

“From our last reports and pictures there is a light sheen in the area from where the vessel initially lost its fuel,” said Radcliffe. “There doesn’t appear to be any active discharge of fuel from the vessel at this time.”

Radcliffe said, after the accident the crew quickly deployed a sorbent boom, a device which soaks up oil from the surface of water.

As first responders arrived the location, more booms were utilized to further contain the spill, according to Radcliffe.

In an official statement Capt. Joe Paitl, commanding officer of MSU Port Arthur, said, "The Coast Guard is working with the vessel owner and will supervise and direct cleanup efforts. Our number one priority is the safety of everyone involved in the recovery and cleanup operations.

“Our goal is to salvage the vessel while mitigating environmental and economic impacts," Paitl added.

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