Tugboat in Fatal Crash Set to Be Raised from Riverbed

Site of a fatal collision in the water near the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York. A tugboat crashed into a barge Saturday, killing one crew member and leaving two missing and presumed dead. (AP photo)
Site of a fatal collision in the water near the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York. A tugboat crashed into a barge Saturday, killing one crew member and leaving two missing and presumed dead.(AP photo)

NEW YORK -- Officials say a tugboat that collided with a construction barge north of New York City earlier this month, leaving three crew members dead, will be raised from the riverbed this week.

The Coast Guard said Monday that a crane will raise the mangled 90-foot tugboat named Specialist from the Hudson River near where workers are building the new Tappan (TAP'-uhn) Zee Bridge on Thursday morning. The tugboat is sitting about 40 feet below the surface near the bridge.

The bodies of 63-year-old Paul Amon and 29-year-old Timothy Conklin were recovered in the days following the crash. Authorities called off the search for 56-year-old Harry Hernandez last week after divers couldn't get to his body.

Investigators are trying to figure out what led to the crash.

Related Video:

Show Full Article