A four-mile stretch at the opening of the upper Houston Ship Channel reopened this weekend after salvage crews removed a sunken tug from the waterway.
One crew member was killed when the tug boat J.R. Nichols sank in the channel near the docks of the LyondellBasell refinery in Houston, Texas. The other four members of the boat’s crew were rescued by Lyondell employees.
The heavy-lift crane barge Big John raised the tug, which is now moored near the Lyondell dock.
Four miles of the Houston Ship Channel were closed after the tug sank near the Sims Bayou Turning Basin last Wednesday evening.
The one seaman who lost his life in the tug sinking has been identified as 29-year-old Steven Edward Seymore of Pasadena, Texas, according to the Houston Chronicle.
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