Accidental Death of Towboat Engineer on Monongahela River
Published: May 13, 2016
By: Richard Ogrodowski
The captains, pilots, engineers, deckhands, cooks etc. that work on the rivers are hardworking and dedicated to their jobs trying to earn a living for their families. As such, it is sad when you hear that one of those hardworking mariners is accidentally killed on the river.
Unfortunately, according to local media reports in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on May 11, 2016, two young men fishing on the Monongahela River near the Speers Bridge, which crosses the Monongahela River running between , Speers, Washington County, Pennsylvania, and North Belle Vernon, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, found the body of Jace Edward Sayre.
Jace Edward Sayre, who was from Chester, Hancock County, West Virginia, worked as an engineer on a towboat for Murray American Transportation, Inc. See Workboat.com article “Body of missing barge worker pulled from PA river” Murray American Transportation, Inc. is a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corporation (a coal mining company), which is based in St. Clairsville, Ohio.
Apparently, Sayre was reported missing earlier in the day by his coworkers on the towboat and could not be found after a search of the Monongahela River.