Pump fails, tug sinks in Brooklyn canal

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(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) — A tugboat sank in the Gowanus Canal amid a multimillion-dollar federal cleanup of the polluted waterway, Curbed New York reported.

Workers with the city’s Department of Transportation spotted the vessel, Barbara Ann, taking on water Sunday afternoon near Union Street during a rainstorm and alerted the U.S. Coast Guard, according to Petty Officer Cory Mendenhall. Investigators with the Coast Guard arrived later that day to discover the boat was almost entirely submerged.

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that the tug sank because of a failed water pump. Conway Marine Construction was hired to dewater the vessel and pull it from the canal.

Workers did not observe a sheen that would signal fuel is leaking from the vessel, but boom was deployed as a safety measure at the Superfund site.

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By Professional Mariner Staff