Posted March 08, 2019 07:01:24The Lubbocks lighthouse, one of two known floating platforms in the world, is now at the bottom of the sea after the vessel sank off the coast of northern Texas on Saturday.
A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) told the ABC News Network on Sunday the Coast Guard and the Texas Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DHS) were investigating the incident.
The Lighthouse, owned by the Texas National Bank, was one of several floating platforms owned by American freight giant Cargill.
The Coast Guard said the Lighthouse was carrying 649 people, including six children and two women, when it disappeared from the shore of Lake Buchanan.
The US Coast Guard rescued the vessel and rescued the children and women, the spokesperson said.
The ship was towed to the dock of the Laughlin Marine Terminal where it was repaired and refuelled.
The Coast Guard is waiting to assess the damage to the ship.
It was the second major loss of a floating platform in the US.
On May 5, a floating ship that was owned by a Canadian oil company crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast, killing 29 people and injuring more than 300.
The crash happened about 45 kilometres south of Port Arthur, Texas.