A recent report from the National Transportation Safety Board provides insight into last year’s fatal tugboat sinking in the Hudson River. The tugboat Specialist collided into a construction barge near the Tappen Zee Bridge near Tarrytown, New York, in March 2016. The boat sank - and all three crewmembers on board were lost - before anyone could respond.
A Good Samaritan vessel rescued three people after their tug boat sank off the coast of Louisiana early in the morning on Memorial Day. The Coast Guard and others are still looking for one crew member of the tug vessel Crosby Commander who did not abandon ship onto a life raft along with the others.
Tugboats play a key role in many thousands of vessel movements every year.