New York Offshore Accident Kills One, Injures Three Others
One worker was killed and three others were injured in a tugboat accident off of the coast of New York this weekend. The accident occurred on Saturday afternoon when the Coast Guard got a report that a 62-foot tugboat was sinking about a mile from Fire Island National Park. When emergency crews reached the sinking boat 30 minutes after the initial call, they found a field of debris and three workers in immersion suits. The fourth worker was found without an immersion suit later in the day by another vessel.
All four workers were transported to a nearby hospital. Three of the workers were treated for hypothermia, while the fourth worker was pronounced dead. According to Suffolk County police, the deceased worker was the captain of the ship. At the time of the accident, the water temperature was near 40 degrees.
The tugboat had been heading back to Bayonne, New Jersey returning home from a dredging project in Moriches, New York when it began to sink. It is unknown what caused the vessel to sink, but investigations are underway to determine the origin of the accident.