47-foot tug Shanon E. Settoon collided with a submerged pipeline. The Coast Guard has responded to the scene near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans.
Reportedly the tug exploded shortly after it struck the pipeline. Its remnants and the 147 foot oil barge barge were fully engulfed by flames. Coast Guard officials say the barge was carrying an estimated 2,215 barrels of light crude oil, while the tow had about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel when the fire started.
All 4 crew-members exited the tug, but the captain reportedly suffered severe burns and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.