Tugboat Specialist Recovered from River’s Floor

Several days earlier, salvage experts prepared to recover the tugboat Specialist from its resting place 40 feet below the Hudson River’s surface.

Nearly two weeks ago the tugboat struck a stationary construction barge, killing all three workers onboard. Two of their three bodies were recovered; the body of the third worker remained inside the tug.

This morning, crews worked to raise it from the river’s floor.

“Repeated attempts were made to recover the body of the third crewman so he could be returned to his family as soon as possible,” Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino said yesterday. “Sadly, the way he is trapped in the wreckage will delay his recovery until next week. Our thoughts and prayers continue for the families of all three crew members.”

The 1,000-ton salvage crane Chesapeake 1000 was scheduled to lift the Specialist from the river as it was being pumped free of water to prevent additional fuel oil and contaminated water from spreading in the Hudson.

It was set to be placed upon a barge, where tarps will shield it while the body of the third worker is recovered. Westchester County Police and the U.S. Coast Guard are investigating what caused the accident.

Prayers to the families of the workers aboard tugboat Specialist.

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Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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