Coast Guard crews locate body of missing tug crewman

A Coast Guard Station Houston rescue boat crew, Harris County Sheriff's Office boat crew and other mariners search for a missing man after the tugboat he was on capsized in the San Jacinto river near I-10 just outside of Houston Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The man's body was located by the Air Station Houston helicopter crew shortly after the search began. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A Coast Guard Station Houston rescue boat crew, Harris County Sheriff’s Office boat crew and other mariners search for the missing man.  U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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

The Coast Guard 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 #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.

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