Harry Hernandez Recovered from Tugboat

Yesterday, the 84-foot tugboat Specialist, which collided with a Tappan Zee construction barge in the early morning hours of March 12th, was raised from the waters of the Hudson River. Salvage teams used a large construction crane. United States Coast Guard, multiple law enforcement and private contractors worked as a team to design the salvage operation. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino stated, “it was a very difficult and dangerous job” and he was “grateful to all the departments for their professionalism and skill.” Once the vessel had been brought to the surface, county police were able to board the tug and recover the body of Harry Hernandez, 56, of Staten Island, the third and final crewman who lost his life due to the tragic accident; the other two crewmen where Paul Amon, 63, of Bayville, NY and Timothy Conklin, 29, of Westbury, NJ. Members of the Hernandez family stood near the water’s edge waving large white flags with a pink heart at the center. Now that the vessel is raised, officials can begin the investigation in to how the accident occurred. After speaking with the Hernandez family, Astorino stated, “Obviously it’s been a traumatic experience for them” and he said, “Today brings closure to them in many ways.”

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