Two people have been killed in a boat sinking in the Hudson River

Two people have been killed in a boat sinking in the Hudson River

Two people were killed and several others were injured when a chartered boat sank in the Hudson River, officials said. According to Laura Kavanagh, interim commissioner of the New York City Fire Department, the condition of the other two is serious and the condition of the third person is serious but stable.

The two dead were not immediately identified but were described as a 50-year-old woman and a 7-year-old man.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said, “Our hearts go out to a group of people who were using our city’s water. … It’s a devastating moment for them and for those who are part of the families who live there.”

The incident occurred around 2:46 a.m. when FDNY and the New York City Police Department responded to calls for people to drown. FDNY and NYPD workers pulled the two out of the water. One was taken to Roosevelt Hospital in critical condition and another to Lenox Hill Hospital in critical condition, FDNY reported.

NYPD officials told a news conference on Tuesday that a boat captain was in critical condition.

Kavanagh said eight others were slightly injured.

New York Waterways, a private company that operates ferries between New York City and New Jersey, assisted in the rescue, according to a statement from the company.

“Two NY waterway ferries, Garden State and John Stevens, arrived at the scene and their crew rescued nine passengers from the private boat,” the company said.

A rescue boat near a boat that sank in the Hudson River on July 12, 2022.

CBS New York

A Coast Guard official said CBS New York It was not immediately clear what caused the boat to sink, but said there was a small craft suggestion that the waves were high at the time of the incident. The U.S. Coast Guard also responded to the incident.

The boat was launched from Wehken, New Jersey, directly across the river from Midtown Manhattan, CBS New York reports.

NYPD Assistant Chief James McCarthy said Tuesday that the boat was charted by a family and some friends and the owner was following on a jet ski. McCarthy said the investigation is still at an early stage and it is not clear if the boat was overloaded or for some other reason it could sink.

By Tuesday evening, the boat was pulled further downtown, where officers were working to straighten it out.

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