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1 dead, 2 missing after collision at Tappan Zee Bridge

A search and rescue operation is under way in the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge after an early morning collision between a tugboat and a barge.

The collision, which sank the tugboat, occurred around 5:15 a.m. on Saturday. The Coast Guard Sector notification at 5:20 a.m. of a 90-foot tugboat called “Specialist” striking a barge and sinking with three people aboard near the Tappan Zee Bridge, according to a release.

New York State Police said that there is a multi-agency search and rescue operation in progress involving the state police, United States Coast Guard, and fire and police agencies from Westchester and Rockland county.

Nyack police said one person was pulled from the water. Police said first responders were searching for two others. The Associated Press reports that one person has died and that two people remain missing.
Speaking generally and not about the incident Saturday morning, Walter Garschagen, owner/captain of Sea Tow Central Hudson, said shortly before 8:45 a.m. that “the current is still southbound heading toward the ocean.”

When someone is in the river, he or she is “going to start drifting south because of the outgoing tide,” Garschagen, who is not part of the rescue operations Saturday morning, said.
“Anywhere on the river the current is surprisingly strong,” Garschagen said. 

Source: Lohud

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