EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: A ‘push boat’ aligned itself with a crane-carrying barge and then keeled over, sending one crew member flying before capsizing in the Hudson River just before 4:30 Thursday afternoon, witnesses told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . Witnesses reported seeing two men who’d gotten off the vessel before it tipped pulling a third occupant from the water .
To the right is the small, capsized vessel CLIFFVIEW PILOT PHOTOS (NO RE-USE WITHOUT HYPERLINK)
“They were able to put a life ring out and pull him into another tugboat,” one witness told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
The witness later told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that the first vessel — a 31-foot version of a tug known as a “push boat” — “came up on the left side of the barge, about 100 ya rds from the Carnival Miracle,” which was about to weigh anchor for a cruise near the Intrepid and Pier 90.
“ The smaller boat appeared to try and line itself up parallel to the work barge,” he said.
“It literally flipped over and launched one member off the boat. I couldn’t tell whether anyone else was still in the boat,” said the witness, a North Jersey law enforcement officer who was on the cruise ship — but will have to remain docked there for the time being, as rescue boats swarm the area.
“The one crew member was floating south parallel to one of the tugs” in the current, he said.
The FDNY and the NYPD
commandeered a New York Waterway ferry captained by Thomas Jansen
brought 30 emergency workers from Pier 79 up to Pier 88 to do search and potential rescue, Damiano D’Amante, a spokesman for New York Waterway told
. Thankfully, it wasn’t needed.
The NYPD Harbor Patrol and FDNY also had rescue boats on the scene, which is directly across from the Port Imperial complex of condominiums in West New York, a few blocks north of New York Waterway’s Weehawken ferry station.
‘Push boat’ similar to one at left pulled beside this barge, then keeled
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