One man is dead and two are missing after a dangerous tugboat accident on the Hudson River. The search for the missing individuals continues, though many assume they have died.
On Saturday, March 12, Paul Amon, 52, from Bayville, New Jersey, was working on a 90ft. tugboat along with two other colleagues. The boat, named the Specialist, hit a stationary barge at 5:20 a.m. The crash occurred on the Hudson River, underneath the Tappan Zee Bridge. The bridge is part of the ongoing project to replace the adjacent aging span that connects Westchester and Rockland counties.
Three tugboats were pushing the barge from Albany to New York, when one of them crashed into the large boat. The Specialist sunk in the 40 ft. water within minutes, leaking over 5,000 gallons of fuel. The three workers were pulled into the river. Amon died and was later pulled out by firefighters. The two other boatmen are still missing. The 13 workers on the barge were uninjured, possibly having seen the tugboat approaching and bracing for the impact.
New York State Police and the U.S. Coast Guards continue to investigate the waters in search for the tugboat and the other workers. Governor Andrew Cuomo and divers have also utilized sonar equipment to search the water. A team from the state Department of Environmental Conservation was on site with a private contractor to prevent the fuel from spreading.
The bridge construction project started in 2013 and is projected to be completed in 2018. It costs $3.9 billion.