PD: 1 dead, 2 missing after tugboat sinks in NY

Posted at 8:37 AM, Mar 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-12 10:37:27-05

One crew member is dead and two are missing after a tugboat crashed into a barge on the Hudson River north of New York City early Saturday.

The 90-foot tugboat named Specialist hit a barge at around 5:20 a.m. near where the new Tappan Zee Bridge is being built, police said.

Westchester County Police spokesman Kieran O'Leary said the tugboat hit a barge that is part of the bridge construction project.

O'Leary said the tugboat was pushing a separate barge down the Hudson when it crashed.

He said the water is about 35 to 40 feet deep where the crash occurred.

The New York State Police, the U.S. 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.

The crash occurred near the scene of an earlier boat crash in 2013 that killed a bride-to-be and her fiancΘ's best man.

That crash, which killed Lindsey Stewart and Mark Lennon, both 30, also involved a Tappan Zee Bridge construction barge.