By Daniel Katzive
A motor boat caught fire and sank in the Hudson River Saturday afternoon around 3:30pm. The boat could be seen smoking heavily mid-river off 96th Street, as FDNY marine units and New Jersey-based fireboats sprayed water on the vessel. Despite their efforts, the boat had mostly sunk by 4:05pm.
According to an FDNY spokesman, all passengers had evacuated the boat by the time fire units arrived and there were no injuries. The fire department’s initial statement did not provide more details on how the passengers were rescued, though a number of civilian boats were on the scene before emergency services arrived.
We will provide more details as they become available.