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The Collapse - The True Story of the Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse

TRUE STORY: 4 Fishermen save the only 3 survivors after a Tow Boat pushing 4 fully loaded barges hits one of the pillars of the Queen Isabella Causeway causing the most tragic accident on South Padres Island and Port Isabel ultimately claiming the lives of 8 people.

  • Joshua Moroles
  • Robert Espericueta
  • Robert Espericueta
    Key Cast
    "Robert Espericueta - Fisherman"
  • Gustavo Morales
    Key Cast
    "Gustavo Morales - Survivor"
  • Gaige Davila
    Key Cast
    "Gaige Davila - Press"
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    1 hour
  • Completion Date:
    August 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Joshua Moroles, Robert Espericueta

Joshua Moroles is a first-time documentary creator with a background in Marketing/Advertising. This Podcast turned Documentary is what we hope will be a 4-8 part Limited Series.

Robert Espericueta is also a first-time Director. He is one of the Fishermen who helped save the only 3 survivors that fateful night. His storytelling capabilities and eagerness to share this story with as many people as possible help solidify this project.

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Director Statement

We teamed up with PSJA West High School Theater Team to help present this documentary. It was important for Robert and I to collaborate with a Local Latino(a) because we wanted more depth to this story. Their footage is from 26:02-27:37 which is Gustavo Morales's interview and B-Roll.

This story takes place after a 20-year gag order was placed on the 4 Fishermen. Only now can this story be told. 20 years later and people on the Island are still hurting from the most tragic event that took place in this area.