Report of capsized boat in Hudson attracts several first responders
POUGHKEEPSIE – City 911 received a report of a capsized boat in the Hudson River near Waryas Park, which prompted a swift response from the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department, City of Police Lloyd, Mobile Life and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO).
The reported incident occurred just before 11:00 a.m. Sunday as rain and wind from Tropical Storm Henri began to arrive in the Hudson Valley. The person who reported the incident remained at the scene and told Dutchess County Sheriff’s Lt. Shawn Castano that a very small boat with two women on board had stopped at the dock of the old Ice House , seemed to have problems with the boat, and then traveled north, disappearing on the west side of the river near the bridge span.
Poughkeepsie firefighters launched Marine 2 at the Waryas boat launch and were joined on the river by the DCSO Enforcer launched from Hyde Park. A second person in the park reported Poughkeepsie Fire Captain Steve Bauer and said he observed the small boat through his binoculars and saw it being pulled out of the water at a boat launch ramp. water in the town of Lloyd.
Lloyd’s Police dispatched an officer to the scene who was able to locate the towed boat attached to a vehicle but could not find the owners or operators.
The DCSO fire department and vessels conducted a second sweep of the river to ensure no other boater was in distress before calling it a “good intention” report and returning it to service. .