NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The search resumes today for the body of a worker who is presumed dead after he fell from the Throgs Neck Bridge Friday morning.

John Massas, 35, is a subcontractor with Nuco Painting out of Islandia. His three young children had just been dropped off at school when he plunged more than 100 feet.

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Officials said Massas was working underneath the bridge when he slipped.

Those who knew him well said Massas loved spending time with his family.

“He was very brave. He was not a person that gets scared,” mother-in-law Carmen Gonzalez said.

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Responders searched the waters around the span for hours on Friday, only finding his hard hat.

The accident is under investigation by the MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ Health and Safety Division, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the NYPD and the Office of Emergency Management.

The Throgs Neck Bridge links the Bronx and Queens where the East River meets the Long Island Sound.  The work being done on the bridge is part of a $25 million, two-year structural steel rehabilitation project.

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