Boating Incident: One Dead, Three Rescued

A North Jersey tugboat captain died, and three crew members needed to be rescued from the Atlantic Ocean after their vessel sank off Fire Island, N.Y. two days ago.

The boat, owned by Wittich Brothers Marine, Inc, was working in Moriches on a dredging project and was traveling back to its base in Bayonne when it sank.

Four crew members were on a 1991 62-foot Sea Bear tugboat when it began to sink at approximately 2 p.m. in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 1 to 1 ½ miles south of Barrett Beach, Fire Island.

As the boat was sinking, three crew members were able to put on their survival suits, but on-duty captain Donald Maloney was not, police said.

The four men, who were working on a dredging project, left the boat and were in the 37-degree water together until Maloney became separated from the group.

The Coast Guard rescued the three crew members who were able to stay together by the boat at about 3:55 p.m.

A tugboat named the Willie Lander found Maloney floating in the area at about 5:10 p.m., police said. A Coast Guard vessel picked up Maloney and took him to the Fire Island Coast Guard Station, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be performed on Maloney to determine the cause of death.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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