About 2215 on October 30, 2017, the shrimp trawler Ben & Casey sank in the Gulf of Mexico about 6 miles off South Padre Island, Texas. The vessel was outbound to fishing grounds when it lost propulsion and seawater flooded into its freezer hold. The crew broadcast a distress call, and responding Coast Guard personnel assisted the crew in dewatering the vessel. They were unable to control the flooding, so the crew boarded a Coast Guard vessel. A Good Samaritan vessel then attempted to tow the Ben & Casey, but water ingress increased. The towline was cut, and the trawler sank soon after. No one was injured during the accident; no pollution was reported. The Ben & Casey, valued at $191,000, was lost.