Crewman dies after tugboat capsizes near Houston (with VIDEO)

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The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(HOUSTON) (April 19) — A Coast Guard helicopter crew located the body of the missing tugboat crewman from the capsized Ricky J Leboeuf near the location of the tug on the San Jacinto River on Tuesday at 9:47 a.m.

The Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located the man's body and directed rescue boats to his location, which was a few hundred feet downstream. They recovered the unresponsive man's body and transported him to EMS.

Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Houston restricted waterway traffic on the San Jacinto at 8:42 a.m. Traffic is prohibited between the red No. 2 light and the I-10 bridge. Vessels may be allowed to transit the area on a case-by-case basis.

Coast Guard pollution response teams are on scene to evaluate any potential environmental impacts and coordinate with a salvage team that was contracted to recover the tug.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the accident.

To view a Harris County Sheriff's Office video of the scene, click here.


(HOUSTON) (April 19) — Coast Guard and Harris County Sheriff's Office responders are searching for a missing man after he and four others were sent into the water when their tug flipped over in the San Jacinto River about a half mile south of Interstate 10 in Houston.

The missing man was described as being about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 325 pounds, wearing a red shirt, khaki pants and a buoyant work vest.

Kirby Inland Marine personnel notified the Coast Guard at 8:11 a.m., just after the tug, Ricky J Leboeuf, capsized at 7:44 a.m. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watch standers launched an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, a Station Houston response boat, coordinated a Harris County Sheriff's Office boat and requested a dive team to assist in the search.

The other four individuals were recovered shortly after entering the water.

By Professional Mariner Staff