Rough seas delaying investigation into death on tug boat

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The Transportation Safety Board is waiting for some clear weather to move forward with its investigation into a man’s death Friday on the Newfoundland tug boat the Western Tugger.

John Cottreau, a spokesperson for the federal agency, says rough seas and high waves are delaying the tug boat’s return to Mount Carmel. 

The boat is still at the site of the capsized barge it was pulling Friday when the tow line snapped and struck the crewmember, killing him. The barge is about 70 kilometres southeast of Burgeo off the province’s south coast.

 When the weather clears, the Western Tugger will return to port.

Investigators are waiting for the crew to return so they can interview witnesses of the incident.





(Earlier story by The Canadian Press)


Newfoundland tug crew member killed when line snaps during tow: investigator


BURGEO, N.L. — A spokesman for the Transportation Safety Board says a crew member of a Newfoundland tug that was towing a barge was killed Friday when the tow line snapped and struck him.

Pierre Murray, a regional manager with the safety agency, says two investigators have been sent to Newfoundland to look into the incident.

Murray says the line snapped while the Western Tugger, owned by Miller Shipping Ltd. of St. John’s, was pulling a barge loaded with steel bars, about 70 kilometres southeast of Burgeo.

He says the barge capsized early Friday causing the tow line to snap.

Sgt. Cathy Whitehead, a spokeswoman for the RCMP, said the victim was a Newfoundland man in his 40s who was working on the tug.

Murray said investigators will review the stability of the barge and the towing arrangement that was in place.



Organizations: Transportation Safety Board, Miller Shipping, RCMP

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Mount Carmel, Burgeo

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