Coast Guard reopens La Quinta Channel near Ingleside, Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard reopened the La Quinta Channel to vessel traffic Thursday evening near Ingleside, Texas.

The closure began Tuesday when Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received notification that the vessel Cristi sank approximately 100 yards north of Ingleside Point at 10:30 a.m. Due to the location of the sunken vessel, the La Quinta Channel was closed to vessel traffic.

The vessel was successfully raised and removed from the channel. Containment boom was used to contain pollution and active recovery of oil continued throughout the salvage operation. Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi personnel are continuing to monitor the situation. The cause of the vessel sinking is currently under investigation.

Involved in the response are:

  • A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Manta
  • A Coast Guard Station Port Aransas 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew
  • A Coast Guard Station Port Aransas 29-foot Response Boat-Small boat crew
  • The Port of Corpus Christi Police Department
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department side-scan sonar vessel
  • Port Aransas Police Department
  • Aransas Pass Police Department divers
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers
  • Texas General Land Office
  • Nueces County Sheriff’s Office

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