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Bride-to-Be and Best Man Missing After Striking Barge on Hudson River

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July 27, 2013

Tappan Zee Bridge, via Wikipedia Commons

reuters logoUPDATE: The body of the bride-to-be Lindsey Stewart and the best man, Mark Lennon have both been recovered as of Sunday evening. The boat operator, Jojo K. John, has been arrested.

Original report:

July 27 (Reuters) – Two people were missing on Saturday after a boat with a wedding party aboard struck a barge on the Hudson River near New York City, and four others were taken to a hospital with injuries, local authorities and CNN said.

The sheriff’s office of Rockland County, New York said the boat hit a construction barge on Friday night below the Tappan Zee bridge, a major transportation link across the Hudson River.

The people taken to a hospital had head injuries and one of them was unconscious when rescued from the badly-damaged boat, said Robert Vancura, of the Rockland County Sheriff’s office.

The two missing were a bride-to-be whose wedding was scheduled to be in two weeks, and the best man, CNN reported, quoting a family member.

Police said they suspended the search for the missing overnight but resumed this morning.

The Journal News newspaper said the vessel was a 21-foot (6.4-metre) power boat.

(Reporting by Greg McCune; Editing by Vicki Allen)


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