Katie Urbaszewski / HoumaToday.com
HOUMA, La. - The captain of a tugboat that caught fire after igniting a pipeline northeast of Larose last month has died.
Funeral services were today for Chad James Breaux Sr., 46, a Houma native and resident, who died from his burn injuries Wednesday, according to his obituary published this weekend.
Gas from the 19-mile pipeline in Bayou Perot burned for three days before the fire was extinguished.
The Coast Guard said Monday it is still investigating what led to the barge and pipeline accident, which happened the evening of March 12, about two miles west of Lafitte.
No oil was released from the barge that the tugboat was pulling, the Coast Guard said.
No information was available Monday about the three other crew members who escaped at the time, though Breaux was the only one the Coast Guard listed in critical condition after the explosion.
Breaux received burns to 75 percent of his body, Lafourche sheriff's Deputy Brennan Matherne said at the time.
The tugboat belonged to Pierre Part-based Settoon Towing, and the pipeline belongs to Chevron.
Breaux “was a boat captain for about 20 years and was extremely dedicated to his job at Settoon Towing,” his obituary says. In it, his family also thanks the nurses, doctors and staff at Baton Rouge General Hospital Midcity Burn Center.
Breaux is survived by many family members, including a wife and nine children.