TZ Tugboat, Hernandez search continues

NYACK-TARRYTOWN – The body of the third crewman of the tugboat, Specialist, that capsized early Saturday morning, after hitting a Tappan Zee bridge construction barge, has yet to be recovered. According to multiple reports this morning, Harry Hernandez, 56, of Staten Island is believed to still be in the boat.  Police divers have searched every accessible part of the tug. In a press conference yesterday, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino stated, “The tugboat was significantly damaged…there are parts of the tugboat completely inaccessible.” Sources say, police divers are heading back into the Hudson again this morning. County Police and marine aviation are doing air patrols over the river hunting for Mr. Hernandez as well. Commercial divers have begun a salvage operation. Until a salvage plan has been designed, and approved by the Coast Guard, the vessel cannot be raised. Once the salvage plan is approved, it may take a week or more to lift the boat. According to Astorino, “We don’t have a timetable for when that boat will come up.” A private contractor is working on the salvage plan. In the meantime, Westchester County’s Medical Examiner’s office has officially listed the death’s of both 63-year-old Paul Amon of Bayville, NJ and 29-year-old Timothy Conklin of Westbury Long Island as asphyxia by drowning.

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