Tugboat Hits Barge, Sinks Near Tappan Zee Bridge

Posted by Greg Trauthwein
Saturday, March 12, 2016
The U.S.Coast Guard reports that it and local partner agency crews are searching for two people in the water after a tugboat struck a barge and sank near the Tappan Zee Bridge Saturday (March 12) morning.
 
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York received notification at 5:20 a.m., Saturday of the 90-foot tugboat Specialist, striking a barge and sinking with three people aboard near the Tappan Zee Bridge. Coast Guard Station New York launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew to search for the three people in the water.
At approximately 5:30 a.m. one person was recovered by a first responder in the area and transported ashore to awaiting EMS crews.
 
As the search continues, mariners in the area are asked to keep a sharp lookout and report any sightings to the Coast Guard Sector New York command center at 718-354-4353 or on the radio at VHF Marine Channel 16.
 

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