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Crews Hope To Raise Sunken Tug, Recover 3rd Victim's Body Thursday

Crews will use a mammoth salvage crane to try to raise the tugboat that crashed into a barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge project, killing three crew members. The bodies of two of the victims have been recovered; the third is still inside the vessel.
Crews will use a mammoth salvage crane to try to raise the tugboat that crashed into a barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge project, killing three crew members. The bodies of two of the victims have been recovered; the third is still inside the vessel. Photo Credit: NYSDHSES

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- A mammoth crane will be used to raise a tugboat and recover the body of one of the 84-foot vessel’s three crew members who died when it sank in the Hudson, according to a report by lohud.

Harry Hernandez, 56, of Staten Island, was killed on Saturday, March 12, near the Tappan Zee Bridge along with Paul Amon, 63, of Bayville, N.J.; and Timothy Conklin of Westbury, N.Y., multiple media reports said.

Amon’s and Conklin’s remains have already been recovered.

"The Chesapeake," the largest salvage crane on the East Coast, will be used to raise the tug from more than 40 feet of water on Thursday, March 24, if the weather cooperates, lohud reported.

According to a previous report in the Daily Voice, the tug -- which was not involved in the new TZB project -- was one of three vessels escorting a barge south to Jersey City.

After it struck a stationary barge at the construction site, the tug began leaking thousands of gallons of diesel fuel, creating a slick that was five miles long.

Absorbent booms are being using at certain points along the Hudson to contain the spill.

Tappan Zee Constructors, builders of the new span, had a large crew working on the barge that was struck. None were injured.

To read the lohud article, click here.

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