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3 People Rescued After Boat Capsizes On East River

Victims Were On Safety Boat For Liberty Challenge Race
East River Rescue

Three people were rescued early Saturday when a boat capsized in the East River. (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Three people were rescued Saturday morning after a boat overturned on the East River alongside Lower Manhattan.

CBS 2 reported three people were pulled out of water and brought to safety on the South Street Seaport after the boat capsized.

As 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported, the accident happened in the middle of the Liberty Challenge regatta, as outriggers from around the world raced around the waterways of
New York.

The men who had to be rescued were in a safety boat watching the race.

“The boat capsized on the Manhattan size of the Manhattan Bridge,” said police Lt. John Rogers.

Rogers and Detective Daniel Caputo jumped into action, “so we could initiate a rescue,” Rogers said.

Rogers said two of the men clung to the boat, and one could not even swim.

The third drifted downstream and had to be picked up by the FDNY.

The water, Rogers said, was cold. The current was rough, and everyone had to hang on for dear life.

But, Rogers said, “Everyone made it out OK.”

Two of those rescued were taken to Bellevue Hospital, while a third refused treatment.

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