Coast Guard assists towing vessel taking on water near Port Arthur, Texas

29-foot Respoonse Boat-Small file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios.

29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios.

HOUSTON — A Coast Guard crew assisted a 72-foot towing vessel taking on water near Port Arthur, Texas, Thursday evening.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a report that the towing vessel, Antietam, was taking on water and in need of assistance. Antietam, who was pushing two barges, intentionally grounded near Taylor Bayou to avoid sinking.

A Coast Guard Station Sabine Pass 29-foot Response Boat-Small boat crew was launched. Once on scene, the crew of the RB-S assisted in dewatering the vessel.

There are no reports of pollution at this time.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur personnel are scheduled to assess the vessel at first light, Friday.


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