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.

Organizations: Transportation Safety Board

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Mount Carmel, Burgeo

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