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Second Victim ID'd In Fatal Tappan Zee Bridge Barge/Tugboat Crash

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, shown speaking to reporters Sunday near the scene of the crash, met with the family of Timothy Conklin whose body was recovered by divers earlier in the day.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, shown speaking to reporters Sunday near the scene of the crash, met with the family of Timothy Conklin whose body was recovered by divers earlier in the day. Photo Credit: Contributed
Rescue boats from several agencies at the scene of the collision early Saturday morning.
Rescue boats from several agencies at the scene of the collision early Saturday morning. Photo Credit: WABC 7 screen grab
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo near the scene of the tugboat accident on Saturday.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo near the scene of the tugboat accident on Saturday. Photo Credit: Contributed

A second victim from Saturday's fatal crash involving a tugboat and stationary barge was pulled from the Hudson River by divers on Sunday.

The man has been identified as Timothy Conklin, 29, from Westbury on Long Island. Paul Amon, 63, of Bayville in Ocean County in New Jersey was also killed in the crash. One other crew member remains missing Sunday and is presumed dead following the pre-dawn collision near the Tappan Zee Bridge.

One man pulled after the tugboat has survived, according to authorities. He has not been identified.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino met with Conklin's family on Sunday.

After striking the barge, the tugboat began leaking up to 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel, creating a fuel slick approximately 100 yards wide and 5 miles long.

A fuel-containing apparatus has been deployed in the Hudson River due to a visible sheen.

Westchester County has initiated a cleanup agreement with a private party, Miller Environmental Group, to manage the diesel spill. Personnel from the State Department of Environment Conservation's Oil Spill Team are on the scene to monitor and support the cleanup with two DEC vessels – one 31 feet with a crew of three and the other 44 feet with a crew of three.

The tugboat, which was not involved with the new TZB construction projected, was escorting a barge with a crane and two other tugboats and traveling south toward Jersey City at the time of the accident.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the accident "a tragedy" and said a "full investigation" to understand what led to the crash will be launched.

Tappan Zee Constructors, the builders of the bridge replacement, had a crew of 21 workers on their barge at the time; none were injured when the tugboat struck.

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