HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit worked with United States Coast Guard to rescue five people after a tugboat overturned on Tuesday morning on the San Jacinto River bridge near Interstate 10 East. The marine unit and Coast Guard were able to find four of the five D&S Marine Service tugboat crew members. The rescue effort then developed into a recovery effort when the body of the fifth tugboat crew member was found.
The marine unit arrived to the bridge at around 9 a.m. Tuesday after the tugboat became submerged in east Harris County. When the marine unit found the body of the fifth tugboat crew member, the HCSO contacted the Coast Guard to assist in the recovery effort.
The Coast Guard will conduct an investigation in order to determine how the tugboat ended up submerged.
D&S Marine Service released the following statement on Tuesday afternoon:
At approximately 7:45 a.m. this morning, D&S Marine Service tug “Ricky J LeBoeuf” capsized in the San Jacinto River south of I-10 in Houston. There were 5 people on board, four of whom were recovered safely. One employee, whose name is being withheld until his family can be notified, has been located but did not survive the accident. Local, state and federal officials were notified immediately after the incident, and the company is working in concert with these regulatory bodies to investigate the cause of the incident. D&S wishes to thank the US Coast Guard and the Harris County Sheriffs Office for their swift action in launching search helicopters, boats and dive team and for their continued collaboration in the wake of this incident. We also wish to thank the Texas General Land Office for their response to the incident.
We deeply regret that this incident has occurred and will continue to work in cooperation with relevant agencies to ensure a timely and transparent investigation into the cause of this incident. We speak for everyone at D&S Marine Service as we express our deep sense of grief at the loss of a valued team member.
The Kirby Inland Marine group contacted the Coast Guard at around 8:11 a.m. Tuesday just after the tugboat, Ricky J. Leboeuf, capsized around at around 7:44 a.m. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders launched an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, a Station Houston response boat, coordinated a Harris County Sheriff's Office boat and requested a dive team to assist in the search.