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Woman Dies in Tug Boat Accident

SHERIFF’S HOMICIDE DETECTIVES ARE EN ROUTE TO EL SEGUNDO MOORING BUOY #2, APPROXIMATELY TWO MILES OF THE COAST OF MARINA DEL REY,  TO INVESTIGATE THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE  DEATH OF A FEMALE TUG BOAT OPERATOR WHICH OCCURRED AT 11:20 A.M. THIS MORNING.

THE INCIDENT OCCURRED JUST BEFORE 11:30  TUESDAY MORNING (02-20-07) WHILE A  TUG BOAT WAS TOWING A BARGE AND  A  LINE SNAPPED.  THE TOWING LINE THEN STRUCK THE FEMALE TUG BOAT OPERATOR THROWING HER AGAINST THE RAIL OF THE BOAT RENDERING HER UNCONSCIOUS.   A SECOND TUG BOAT OPERATOR RAN TO HER AID  AND  SUFFERED A BROKEN LEG WHEN HE WAS STRUCK BY THE TOW LINE.

BOTH VICTIMS WERE TRANSPORTED TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL WHERE THE FEMALE VICTIM WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD.  THE MALE VICTIM IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. 

THE VICTIMS’ IDENTITY IS BEING WITH HELD PENDING THE NOTIFICATION OF NEXT OF KIN.

THERE IS NO FURTHER INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

Deputy Oscar Butao

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