Sunken Tugboat Pulled from Hudson River with Body of Third Victim

A giant crane was used to lift a sunken tugboat from the bottom of the Hudson River almost two weeks after it collided with a barge and sank at the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Recovered from inside the vessel was the body of the third victim, crew member Harry Hernandez.

The 90-foot tug Specialist sank in the early morning hours on March 12 after colliding with a construction barge moored under the Tappan Zee Bridge, killing all three crew members. Two of the victim’s bodies were recovered following the accident, but the body of the third victim remained missing and was suspected to be still inside the tug.

The Specialist was lifted to the surface on Thursday at about 7:30 a.m. eastern time by Donjon Marine’s 1000-ton crane barge Chesapeake 1000. Investigators were expected to board the tug to collect evidence before it was hauled off by barge.