U.S. Coast Guard reportedly creating barge-boater safety plan ahead of increased dredging

The proposal stems from the increasing number of barges and cranes in the Hudson River connected to the new bridge project. (8/5/13)

SOUTH NYACK - The U.S. Coast Guard is reportedly creating "exclusionary zones" to keep recreational boaters away from barges.

Officials say the amount of barges will increase in the coming weeks as a major dredging operation for the new Tappan Zee Bridge gets underway. The barges will be removing 951,000 cubic yards of slit and sand in order to make room for heavy-duty equipment.

The plan comes after a bride-to-be Lindsey Stewart, of Piermont, and the would-be best man Mark Lennon, of Pearl River, were killed in a crash with a barge last month.

Photos | Full Coverage: Boat crash on the Hudson

The Coast Guard says the barge involved in the accident was properly lit at the time of the incident. 

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