In the early hours of Saturday, March 12th a tragic tugboat collision occurred near the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
Three workers on the tugboat went under as that tugboat began to sink. Thanks to the quick actions of the Coast Guard one of the three workers was rescued but sadly died in route to the hospital. The search continued until the other two workers were found on Monday, tragically both had passed away.
Authorities are still sorting through the details of what caused the crash, and what exactly the tugboat crashed into. All parties involved seem to believe the tugboat crashed into either a construction barge or the base of a construction crane.
Those on the river that day speculate a strong current may have caused the tugboat to drift towards the construction crane.
The tugboat has since sank some 40 feet into the Hudson. Crews are vigorously working to contain the 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel that has begun leaking into the Hudson.
Governor Cuomo held a press conference on Monday, March 14th, where he deemed Saturday’s events a “tragic accident.”