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Tugboat Accident Kills Three Workers

Jonathan Hernandez7 months ago

Three people were killed in a tugboat accident on the Hudson River.

Details about the Fatal Tugboat Accident

Multiple sources are reporting that police divers have stopped searching inside a sunken tugboat for the body of a third crew member who went missing after the tugboat crashed into a barge on the Hudson River just north of New York City.

A spokesman from the Westchester County Police, Kieran O’Leary, has said that the search has turned from a rescue and recovery operation to that of a salvage operation. The spokesman also added that a county helicopter and other marine unit boats will continue searching the surface of the river on Monday for the body of 56-year-old Harry Hernandez, who was ejected from the boat during the accident.

Diving operations have been permanently stopped since divers have been unable to access a sections of the tugboat where they believe the victim’s body may be located.

The accident involving the tugboat and the barge happened early Saturday morning near the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The tugboat sank into the river and spilled about 5,000 gallons of diesel into the water.

The body of 29-year-old Timothy Conkin was found inside the tugboat and pulled to shore at about 11 a.m. on Sunday. The body of 62-year-old Paul Amon was pulled from the water on Saturday.

According to authorities, there were three tugboats that were pushing a barge from Albany to Jersey City, when one of the three – which was on the far right side as it was headed south – collided with a barge that was part of the Tappan Zee Bridge construction project.

The other two tugboats were not involved in the accident. It is currently believed that the tugboat is trapped underneath the barge it hit.

There were a total of 21 workers on the bridge construction barge that was hit, but none of them were injured.

Important Information about Boating Accidents

The United States Coast Guard indicates that there are thousands of wrongful deaths every year that can be associated with boating accidents in the United States:

  • In 2014, there were a reported 4,064 boating accidents that resulted in 610 deaths.
  • Eight out of every ten boaters who drowned in accidents were on vessels that were less than 21 feet long.
  • 78 percent of all fatal boating accidents involved drowning. 

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