Tug with cracked hull takes on water in Gulf Intracoastal (VIDEO)

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. A link to video is at the bottom.
(GALVESTON, Texas) — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Galveston personnel, in concert with representatives of Texas General Land Office and Kirby Inland Marine, are responding to an incident involving the tow boat Lucille Brooks, which was reportedly taking on water in the Gulf Intra Coastal Waterway in the vicinity of Pelican Island at approximately 5:20 a.m. this morning.

The vessel is reported to have 13,415 gallons of diesel fuel onboard. A Coast Guard helicopter conducted an over flight of the vessel and reported no signs of pollution.

Four additional vessels are on scene to assist. The vessel is currently stable and water is being pumped from the vessel into holding tanks. T&T Marine of Galveston is on scene to ensure there is no pollution from this vessel and to conduct salvage operations. Coast Guard personnel are on scene examining the vessel and trying to find the cause of the incident. Texas General Land Office and Coast Guard pollution response personnel are also involved.

Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Houston-Galveston is issuing a broadcast notice to mariners hourly. Vessel traffic is not being affected at this time. Initial reports are that the Lucille Brooks has a crack in its hull and may have struck an object in the Gulf Intra Coastal Waterway.

“Army Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard personnel are currently working to ascertain the cause of the incident and mitigate any hazards to safe navigation,” said Cmdr. James Elliot, commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Galveston.

Click here to view Coast Guard aerial video.

By Professional Mariner Staff