Salvage crews recovered the sunken tug J.R. Nichols, and the Houston Ship Channel was reopened to all traffic on Saturday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The heavy-lift crane barge Big John raised the tug, which is now moored near the Lyondell dock. The Coast Guard’s investigation into the accident continues. An absorbent boom contains the remainder of the approximately 1,000 gallons of fuel spilled during the accident.
Four miles of the Houston Ship Channel were closed after the tug sank near the Sims Bayou Turning Basin on Wednesday evening. Five seafarers were aboard the tug when it sank. Four were rescued; one man lost his life. The dead seaman has been identified as 29-year-old Steven Edward Seymore of Pasadena, Texas, according to the Houston Chronicle.
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