On Oct. 13, the tugboat Helen Parker, a 31-foot vessel, capsized and sank in the Hudson River, just off the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York City. New York’s ABC 7 news station filed this report:
According to the news station, “The boat had picked up two people from Pier 90 at 50th Street and dropped them off on a construction barge off shore.” Then, pulling away from the barge, the vessel capsized.
DNAinfo.com, a local news site has more information. Police sources told the site that the tug began having problems near Pier 90, then submerged near Pier 81.
“To reach the vessel, fire and police personnel commandeered a NY Waterway boat, according to ferry Captain Thomas Jansen. Jansen, 23, said that an FDNY captain flagged him down, said ‘that it was an emergency and there was a boat going down and they needed my assistance.’
“Originally, the rescuers — about 30 members of the fire department and 6 members of the NYPD — planned to perform a SCUBA rescue from his boat, but they decided the bow was too high, Jansen, of Farmingdale, NJ, said.
“He then dropped some of the rescuers off at the FDNY’s 343 fire boat on Pier 76, about three blocks away, and then went over to the scene with the others in case any other help was needed.
“Hudson River ferry service was delayed because of the incident, NY Waterway tweeted.”
In addition, a couple on the cruise ship Carnival Miracle happened to get some amateur video of a portion of the rescue: