Saturday a 90-foot tugboat named Specialist carrying three crewmembers hit a construction barge where workers are building the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Authorities said three tugboats were pushing a barge from Albany to Jersey City, New Jersey, when one of the three — situated on the right side as it headed south — hit a stationary barge that was part of the Tappan Zee Bridge construction project.
The accident occurred near the centre of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge, and the Specialist sank in about 40 feet of water within minutes, authorities said. The water temperature in the area was about 40 degrees, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The tugboat is wedged directly underneath the construction barge at mid-span of the bridge. The barge had 21 workers on it at the time of the crash but none were injured.
The body of 62-year-old Paul Amon, of Bayville, New Jersey, was retrieved Saturday. On Sunday, divers recovered the body of Timothy Conklin, of Westbury, New York. The missing crew member is 29-year old Harry Hernandez, of Staten Island, who may be located in the sunken tugboat.