2 missing, 1 dead after fishing boat collides with 600-foot chemical tanker in Galveston

Two fishermen are missing and one is dead after police said they were involved in a boat crash.

GALVESTON, Texas – Two fishermen are missing and one is dead after police said they were involved in a boat crash.

The crash happened around 3:35 p.m. Tuesday in Galveston near the jetties, authorities said.

According to the Coast Guard, four men were on a fishing boat named Pappy Pride when they were involved in a collision with a 600-foot chemical tanker.

Family members Identified one of the missing men as the Captain of the fishing vessel, Anthony Herrera.

“I believe he’s out there and I believe he’s coming home," said Herrera’s sister, Betty Marquez.

Two men were pulled out of the water and were rushed to UTMB, authorities said. Emergency responders had to perform CPR on one of the men who was unresponsive, but that man later died. He was identified by the Galveston Medical Examiner as 60-year old Constantino Corona.

The condition of the other man is unclear.

Crews worked to find the other two fishermen, but due to the fog, they had to suspend the search around 8 p.m. There was heavy fog in the area and crews had to wait until it was safe for rescuers to start searching again.

The search resumed again around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The area was shrouded in heavy fog all day Tuesday, so the circumstances of the crash are still unclear. Authorities said they are working to learn more details.

The company who owns the chemical tanker, Bow Fortune, released the following statement about the incident:

Tragically, we have received reports that one of the four crew members onboard the fishing boat has lost his life. We are saddened by this information, and wish to express our heartfelt condolences to his family. We are also deeply concerned about the reports that two of the crew members on the fishing boat are still missing. One crew member is reported rescued. Odfjell takes this matter very seriously. Together with the P&I club Gard, we cooperate fully with US authorities to ensure that we initiate all necessary actions.

Bow Fortune is currently moored in Galveston. The crew onboard is safe and accounted for. Bow Fortune’s integrity is intact and there is no pollution stemming from the ship. The cause of the collision will be subject to investigation. Odfjell will fully support and contribute to this investigation.

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