NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A tugboat crew member is hospitalized after police said he lost part of his arm in an accident in New York Harbor near the Statue of Liberty.

Around 9 p.m. Thursday, the boat’s operator was adjusting a line when the rope severed his left arm just below the elbow, police said.

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The NYPD was called and when officers boarded the boat, they applied a tourniquet and transferred the 27-year-old man to Lutheran Hospital in serious condition.

The NYPD Harbor Unit searched for the man’s severed arm in the water, but did not find it.

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The Coast Guard is investigating.