2 missing after tugboat sinks near New York
A tugboat crashed into a barge on the Hudson River north of New York City early today killing one crew member and leaving two still missing. near where the new Tappan Zee Bridge, which connects two counties north New York City, is being built, police said. Coast Guard and fire and police agencies from Westchester and Rockland counties are searching for the missing crew members. The name of the victim who was recovered was not immediately released.
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Westchester County Police spokesman Kieran O said the tugboat hit a barge that is part of the bridge construction project.
The tugboat was pushing a separate barge down the Hudson when it crashed, O said.
The tugboat left Albany and was en route to Jersey City, New Jersey. No one on the barge that was hit was injured.
He said the water is about 35 to 40 feet deep where the crash occurred.
The crash occurred near the scene of an earlier boat crash in 2013 that killed a bride to be and her fianc best man.
That crash, which killed Lindsey Stewart and Mark Lennon, both 30, also involved a Tappan Zee Bridge construction barge. Victims families have filed lawsuits against several construction companies in that crash.
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