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Old 04-05-2021, 07:17 PM   #1
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Default Queen Isabella Causeway collapse

This year will be the 20 year anniversary of the Queen Isabella causeway collapse that happened in South Padre Island, Texas. It was in my first year of college, and the attack on 9/11 had just happened a few days before.

So a quick back story about the incident that I got from a news article:

Early on the morning of September 15, 2001, a barge hit the Queen Isabella Causeway causing a 160-foot section of the only bridge connecting South Padre Island to the mainland to collapse. Several cars went over the missing section, and plunged into the Laguna Madre. Eight people died...



I recently came across this podcast about a group of fisherman on a boat that witnessed the collapse, and rescued three people that drove into the water after the bridge fell. It's a really interesting side of the story that we never heard about. I thought I'd share this piece of history from the Rio Grande Valley.

Just a heads up it's lengthy, but well worth the listen. The podcast also has follow ups with individual interviews with the fisherman, and other witnesses.


https://youtu.be/fSxRvV8uqvA
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Old 04-05-2021, 07:24 PM   #2
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Dang...20 years.
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Old 04-05-2021, 08:24 PM   #3
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I knew a young lady that was my buddies cousin she occasionally hung out with us at the taxidermy shop,they teased her relentlessly and she always, always, kept smiling.Her memory Kinda haunts me, feel for her parents loss.
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Old 04-05-2021, 09:25 PM   #4
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One of our best friends sister died there. Sad.
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Old 04-05-2021, 09:40 PM   #5
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This year will be the 20 year anniversary of the Queen Isabella causeway collapse that happened in South Padre Island, Texas. It was in my first year of college, and the attack on 9/11 had just happened a few days before.



So a quick back story about the incident that I got from a news article:



Early on the morning of September 15, 2001, a barge hit the Queen Isabella Causeway causing a 160-foot section of the only bridge connecting South Padre Island to the mainland to collapse. Several cars went over the missing section, and plunged into the Laguna Madre. Eight people died...







I recently came across this podcast about a group of fisherman on a boat that witnessed the collapse, and rescued three people that drove into the water after the bridge fell. It's a really interesting side of the story that we never heard about. I thought I'd share this piece of history from the Rio Grande Valley.



Just a heads up it's lengthy, but well worth the listen. The podcast also has follow ups with individual interviews with the fisherman, and other witnesses.





https://youtu.be/fSxRvV8uqvA
I will never forget this. I was in the Coast Guard stationed in POC. We deployed to the island by helicopter as a boarding team and patrolled the area in shifts for around 5 days 24 hours a day. Sad deal. It was an eerie feeling being out there all night next to the bridge knowing what had just taken place. God bless everyone involved.

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Old 04-05-2021, 10:47 PM   #6
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Old 04-05-2021, 11:18 PM   #7
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Sad deal. Doesn't seem like 20 yrs. Remember it ,as we got down there for vacation a couple of days later.
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Old 04-05-2021, 11:29 PM   #8
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A good friend of mine from HS, Steven Rivas, was driving one of the seven cars that went into the water. Very sad day. Can’t believe it’s been 20 yrs...
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Old 04-07-2021, 04:53 PM   #9
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Ttt... has anyone listened to the podcast?
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Old 04-07-2021, 05:07 PM   #10
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Sad deal. I’ll have to listen to the podcast tomorrow on my drive home.
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Old 04-07-2021, 05:08 PM   #11
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i did. very interesting. i didn't live in texas at the time so it was all news to me.
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Old 04-08-2021, 04:48 AM   #12
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I can’t believe that it’s been 20yrs. Me and my dad where in the boat fishing down there the weekend it happened.
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Old 04-08-2021, 08:29 AM   #13
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Was headed out for a surf early that morning and got lucky it shut down just before we got to it

crazy day for sure.
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Old 04-08-2021, 10:45 AM   #14
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I had never heard of this - crazy story from that fisherman on the podcast and he sure didn't have too high of an opinion of the coast guard that day!
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Old 04-08-2021, 11:18 AM   #15
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Is this from when the tug brown water hit the bridge ?
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Old 04-08-2021, 11:36 AM   #16
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Is this from when the tug brown water hit the bridge ?
Yes sir that's correct.
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Old 04-08-2021, 11:39 AM   #17
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This year will be the 20 year anniversary of the Queen Isabella causeway collapse that happened in South Padre Island, Texas. It was in my first year of college, and the attack on 9/11 had just happened a few days before.

So a quick back story about the incident that I got from a news article:

Early on the morning of September 15, 2001, a barge hit the Queen Isabella Causeway causing a 160-foot section of the only bridge connecting South Padre Island to the mainland to collapse. Several cars went over the missing section, and plunged into the Laguna Madre. Eight people died...



I recently came across this podcast about a group of fisherman on a boat that witnessed the collapse, and rescued three people that drove into the water after the bridge fell. It's a really interesting side of the story that we never heard about. I thought I'd share this piece of history from the Rio Grande Valley.

Just a heads up it's lengthy, but well worth the listen. The podcast also has follow ups with individual interviews with the fisherman, and other witnesses.


https://youtu.be/fSxRvV8uqvA
I saw that youtube video a while back. That is a fascinating side to this tragic story. I remember first hearing about the collapse and wondering why terrorists would target our quiet little RGV area. Then when news reports started coming out I realized the truth. It was a sad day indeed.
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Old 04-08-2021, 12:38 PM   #18
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Just listened. Thanks for posting that.
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Old 04-08-2021, 12:43 PM   #19
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We had just returned from SPI the before it happened. Crazy
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Old 04-08-2021, 04:08 PM   #20
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Everyone interested really needs to listen to the podcast when time permits...I always wondered why it took 20 years to come out. Check out the comments.

The fisherman being interviewed has the story telling abilities that rival farmdog...
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Old 04-08-2021, 04:33 PM   #21
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I have it started
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Old 04-08-2021, 04:56 PM   #22
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5 guys in a 17í ski boat, how the heck did they have room to save anyone?
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Old 04-08-2021, 08:39 PM   #23
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Everyone interested really needs to listen to the podcast when time permits...I always wondered why it took 20 years to come out. Check out the comments.

The fisherman being interviewed has the story telling abilities that rival farmdog...
I agree, he tells the story very well.
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Old 04-09-2021, 10:24 AM   #24
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That is one powerful story!
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Old 04-09-2021, 02:55 PM   #25
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Wow that dude could tell a heck of a story and the audio was good. I had never heard of this honestly.
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Old 04-09-2021, 04:36 PM   #26
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YT has quite a few memorial videos posted as well if anyone is interested to see them.
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Old 04-09-2021, 04:47 PM   #27
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Just came over the bridge on to the island today.
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Old 04-12-2021, 10:57 AM   #28
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One of the other people on the boat is in this one filling in pieces missed from the first podcast

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Old 04-12-2021, 11:03 AM   #29
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I will have to listen to this on my drive home.
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Old 04-12-2021, 02:03 PM   #30
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Dang I’ve never heard of this crazy for sure
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Old 04-12-2021, 03:06 PM   #31
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Iíve listened to part 1 and 2, and plan to listen to several more that are related. A fascinating story to say the least. Thanks for posting!!


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Old 04-12-2021, 03:12 PM   #32
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Wrapping up #4 w/ the son of Gaspar Hinojosa who's vehicle crashed into the pillar...it's grown way past the collapse of the causeway. Amazing.
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Old 04-12-2021, 03:18 PM   #33
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I knew a young lady that was my buddies cousin she occasionally hung out with us at the taxidermy shop,they teased her relentlessly and she always, always, kept smiling.Her memory Kinda haunts me, feel for her parents loss.

Robin Leavell. Rest In Peace.
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Robin Leavell. Rest In Peace.
the girl with rene?
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Old 04-12-2021, 04:18 PM   #35
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Rene kept asking about Robin so I’m assuming so...she is mentioned often but don’t recall a last name.
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I will never forget this. I was in the Coast Guard stationed in POC. We deployed to the island by helicopter as a boarding team and patrolled the area in shifts for around 5 days 24 hours a day. Sad deal. It was an eerie feeling being out there all night next to the bridge knowing what had just taken place. God bless everyone involved.

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Do you know how long from time of impact to the CG arriving?
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Old 04-12-2021, 05:06 PM   #37
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Do you know how long from time of impact to the CG arriving?
I THINK in the podcast I heard 1.5 hrs.
The judge put a 20 year gag order on the court proceedings....
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Old 04-12-2021, 05:08 PM   #38
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On apple podcast

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Old 04-12-2021, 05:08 PM   #39
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Do you know how long from time of impact to the CG arriving?
There is a CG station on South Padre Island so I would estimate immediately. I remember us hearing the recording of the distress call.

We were at small boat station Port O Connor, we flew from Helo to Victoria then a small plane from there to Brownsville. A State Trooper picked us up in Brownsville and then drove us down near the water where the RHIB picked us up, then on to the station by boat.

That was right after it happened and we were a multiplier to SP team and patrolled a zone there at the section that had been knocked out. I will check out the podcast.

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Old 04-12-2021, 05:18 PM   #40
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The CG station was 10mins away but took 1.5 hours to show up & were derelict in their duties...didn't bring the wounded on, sent the fishermen & the wounded to the CG station where no one was there. They Sent the chopper to Port Isabel so they had to go back across the rough bay.

They could make a movie out of this story.
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Old 04-12-2021, 08:00 PM   #41
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They could make a movie out of this story.
I agree Paul...very movie worthy.
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The CG station was 10mins away but took 1.5 hours to show up & were derelict in their duties...didn't bring the wounded on, sent the fishermen & the wounded to the CG station where no one was there. They Sent the chopper to Port Isabel so they had to go back across the rough bay.

They could make a movie out of this story.
Id watch it.
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The CG station was 10mins away but took 1.5 hours to show up & were derelict in their duties...didn't bring the wounded on, sent the fishermen & the wounded to the CG station where no one was there. They Sent the chopper to Port Isabel so they had to go back across the rough bay.

They could make a movie out of this story.


CG station across to Pt Isabel in a ski boat would be sketchy as heck in the dark!
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