By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Sarah Macaluso

TUSCALOOSA – The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences has confirmed that a West Alabama man died when the tugboat he was working on submerged on the San Jacinto River outside of Houston, Texas.

The victim has been identified as 33-year old Joshua Scott “Tank” Brazeal of Berry in Fayette County.  The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit responded to the accident around nine o’clock Tuesday morning.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office released this statement Tuesday morning:

(Harris County, TX) – Harris County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit along with the United States Coast Guard have recovered the body of a male victim who drowned, after the tug boat he was working on submerged for an unknown reason on the San Jacinto River in East Harris County.

HCSO Marine unit was dispatched at around 9:00am this morning, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, to the San Jacinto River Bridge and Interstate 10 East. The tugboat had a crew of 5 working, when it became submerged underwater.

HCSO marine personal rescued four people from the river to safety, but a fifth crew member was unaccounted for.

His body was located a short time later, and a Coast Guard boat assisted in recovering that victim.

The Coast Guard will determine how this maritime accident occurred.

Brazeal worked at Parker Towing in Northport for eight years and one of his co-workers says he will be greatly missed.

“He really enjoyed the boat life,” Rodney Clark said. “Now, he didn’t like being away from his family, but where a lot of people come out here and look at it as a job, he looked at it as more than a job.”

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