A lawsuit has been filed in Nueces County, Texas on behalf of Jose Cantu, a worker who was injured and burned in an explosion and fire that occurred while he was working on the dredge Waymon L Boyd in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel on August 21st (IMN August 24th and subsequent days).
Waymon L Boyd struck a pipeline in the water, which caused the vessel to catch fire and sink. The dredge is owned by Houston-based Orion Marine Group. It was working on a private project, not the channel deepening work currently underway at the port.
The dredge worker, Jose Cantu, was one of six crew members who were hospitalized as a result of the accident. Four crew on the vessel died.
Houston, Texas-based law firm Arnold & Itkin is representing Cantu and his family.
The lawsuit alleges that the dredge owner Orion Marine Group and pipeline owner Epic Midstream “failed to adequately plan the job, identify the pipeline in question, and warn the crew of the Waymon L. Boyd about the pipeline in question.”
The suit further claims the “Waymon L Boyd was unseaworthy because it was not adequately maintained, was not adequately equipped with the proper equipment to perform the dredging work safely and was not adequately crewed.”
The lawsuit says the incident caused Cantu to sustain severe burns, orthopaedic injuries, head injuries, cognitive injuries, physical pain, mental anguish, emotional distress and other medical problems, and that his family has also suffered as a result.