One dead as tugboat sinks in icy waters

New York: A tugboat captain died and three crew members were rescued by the US Coast Guard on Saturday just off Long Island when their vessel sank in a storm.

The tugboat Sea Bear went down just off Fire Island.

The body of the ship’s captain, Donald Maloney, was found three hours after the coast guard had been alerted of the accident. The three rescued men were treated for hypothermia

The vessel had been working at Moriches on a dredging project and was heading back to its base in Bayonne, New Jersey, when disaster struck. The ship was owned by Wittich Brothers Marine.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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