Crew member's body recovered from sunken tug

Man was trapped in boat when it capsized May 11

May 21, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The body of a tugboat crew member who had been missing since the boat sank May 11 was recovered yesterday, Coast Guard officials said.

Steve Pollert, 45, of Suffolk, Va., was believed trapped inside the tugboat when it capsized while towing a sugar barge around a bend at the mouth of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal near Delaware City, Del.

Five crew members survived the accident.

Coast Guard and Delaware State Police officials said yesterday that the body was discovered on board about 11 a.m. in a hallway near the mate's quarter on the second level of the boat.

State troopers removed the body and turned it over to the state medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death.

Saturday, a salvage crew raised the sunken Bay Titan and tied it to an anchorage point. The boat's sinking resulted in the closing of the canal to ship traffic for a week. The canal is considered a vital shortcut for shipping companies traveling between the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay.

The Delaware River's swift tidal current complicated the salvage operation.

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