Tugboat Captain Dies While Trying To Dock In Hudson River



The 50-year-old captain of a tugboat suffered a medical emergency and died as he was trying to dock the vessel in Haverstraw on the Hudson River late Monday, March 28, according to the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office.

A crew member and officers took turns performing CPR on the unresponsive victim until the emergency medical crew took him to Nyack Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Police identified the Captain as Edward T Smith, aged 50, who was engaged for Tappan Zee Constructors, the company involved in the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge project.

The boat started to drift in the Hudson River and its barge ended up getting stuck in the mud nearby. Marine salvage units and a giant crane had to be called to lift the tug out of the Hudson River.

Rockland County Medical Examiner and the Coast Guard are investigating the cause of death.

Earlier this month, three crew members from the tugboat “Specialist” died after the tug collided with a construction barge. The “Specialist” sank at the site of the new bridge. In July 2013, two out of six people were killed when a speedboat crashed into a barge at the same site, but at night.

Source: Clarkstown


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