A photo of Coast Guard and Harris County Sheriff’s Office boat crews searching and security camera video of the tug capsizing Tuesday. Photo by Air Station Houston. Video courtesy of Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
HOUSTON — 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 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. Officials prohibit traffic 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.