Tugboat worker killed when tow line hits her

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A 26-year-old tugboat worker was killed off Marina del Rey on Tuesday when a tow line attached to a barge snapped, hitting her and breaking her neck.

A 36-year-old man was injured when he tried to aid his co-worker.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butao said the woman was thrown against the railing of the tug after the tow cable hit her. The cable apparently snapped when it was pulled taut by a sea swell.

She was taken to Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.


The injured man was treated for a broken leg and was listed in stable condition at the hospital. Their names were not released.