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One Dead, Two Missing, and Nearly 5,000 Gallons of Oil Leaked Following Tug Boat Crash

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By Faith Jessie.
One tug boat crew member is dead, two are missing and nearly 5,000 gallons of oil spilled following a tug boat crash in the Hudson River.

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo's office the crash occurred Saturday morning while three tug boats were traveling southbound on the river moving a construction barge.

One of the tug boats that goes by the name Specialist came too close to a barge near the Tappen Zee Bridge construction. It struck the barge and sank with crew members still on board.

Cuomo's office says one tug boat crew member is dead and State Police divers are coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard and local authorities to locate the two remaining crew members.

The report states that the tug boat began leaking up to 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel creating a fuel slick about 100 yards wide and 5 miles long.

"Today's accident was a tragedy, and we offer our thoughts are prayers to loved ones of the crew members aboard the tugboat," Governor Cuomo said. "The State is actively working with our partners in law enforcement in locating the missing crew members and minimizing environmental damage along the Hudson River. We will conduct a full investigation to understand exactly what led to today's events and provide more information as it becomes available."

A private party is currently managing the spill and The Department of Environment Conservation's Oil Spill Team are on the scene monitoring and supporting clean up.