A frightening accident occurred on the Hudson River yesterday evening near Pier 84. A NY Waterways commuter ferry accidentally collided with a group of paddling kayakers from the Manhattan Kayak Club, which tossed the 11 kayakers into the water, some with serious injuries.
Coast Guard, FDNY, NJFD and NYPD Harbor Units were on site in minutes, and quickly rescued them from the brink. The seriously injured were tended to first, and thanks to the swift and professional response of the emergency responders, the life of the most severely injured person was likely saved.
Our waterways are mixed-use and are bustling with activity. Stringently practicing safety protocols and using common sense caution are paramount when traveling the 6th boro – whether you are on a motored cruiser or operating a human-powered vessel.
We’d like to express our gratitude to all the first responders, including other NY Waterway ferries on scene, who helped to pull people from the water.
And our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured, their families and to all involved or shaken by the incident.
posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee