Shrimp trawler sinks after burning for two days

The fishing vessel Master D on fire approximately 40 miles east of Port Isabel, Texas, Aug. 31, 2018. All three crew members from the fishing vessel were rescued by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Coho after activating the vessel’s emergency position-indicating radio beacon. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

A local shrimp trawler has sunk after burning for two days approximately 58 miles from shore.

The Master D, sank to a depth of approximately 380 feet, Coast Guard officials said. Described as a 68-foot, “122 gross ton fishing vessel,” the Master D operated out of the Brownsville Shrimp Basin.

Coast Guard watchstanders in New Orleans first received a distress signal from the vessel on Friday, Aug. 31. The radio beacon provided authorities an approximate location, the Coast Guard said in a statement released earlier this week.

“Marine Safety Detachment Brownsville deployed personnel and coordinated initial response efforts,” the statement reads.

The Coast Guard Cutter Coho was dispatched to the scene, where rescuers found the shrimp boat on fire. Its three crewmen were in a life raft nearby.

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