Body of third crewman found in wreckage of sunken tugboat

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NEW YORK — The tugboat that crashed and sank near the Tappan Zee bridge earlier this month was pulled from the Hudson River Thursday and the body of a third crewman was recovered from the wreckage, authorities said.

A crane was in place at 7 a.m. to begin lifting the mangled tugboat.

The boat crashed March 12 into a stationary barge that was part of the Tappan Zee Bridge construction project, killing three crewmembers. Two of the victims, 29-year-old Timothy Conklin and 62-year-old Paul Amon, were pulled from the river the day after the crash.

But divers had not been able to find the body of 62-year-old Harry Hernandez, of Staten Island, who was also killed that day. Officials called off the search for Hernandez last week because they believed his body was in the section of the wreckage where divers could not reach.

On Thursday, authorities entered the 90-foot vessel and found Hernandez. A police boat has taken his body to shore, the Journal News reports.

The tugboat had been sitting about 40 feet below the surface near the bridge.

Investigators are trying to figure out what led to the deadly crash. The boat was one of the three tugs that was pushing a barge down the Hudson.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.