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Coast Guard: Four Injured After New York Pilot Boat Collides With Cargo Ship – UPDATE

Mike Schuler
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March 19, 2014

PB New Jersey and PB Phantom. Photo courtesy Sandy Hook Pilots

A U.S. Coast Guard Marine Inspector and an Investigating Officer responded Tuesday to a report of a vessel collision involving a New York Pilot boat and a 984-foot cargo/containership, resulting in injuries, the USCG reported.

Coast Guard Sector New York command center received notification at around 2 p.m. Tuesday of the collision near the Ambrose Pilot Station off of Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

Four crewmen from the pilot boat sustained injuries; three were minor, and one crewman was taken to Sea View Hospital on Staten Island, N.Y for his injuries, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The cause of the incident is under investigation. No additional information was provided by the USCG. reports that the pilot boat was later docked at the Sandy Hook Pilots facility on Edgewater Street on Staten Island. An update Wednesday said the mishap occurred when the boat was going alongside to put a pilot aboard the cargo ship, said Dennis Wheeler, president of the Sandy Hook Pilots. The pilot boat somehow hit the side of the cargo ship, causing injuries to two crew and two pilots. One of the pilots was kept overnight for observation at Staten Island University Hospital, the report added.

Pilotage services is provided by the Sandy Hook Pilot Association to all foreign flag vessels and American vessels under register (regulated vessels) entering or departing the Port of New York/New Jersey, the Hudson River, the East River, Atlantic City, Jamaica Bay, and Long Island Sound, as required by state law.

According to their website, the Sandy Hook Pilots operate two Ambrose Pilot Station boats, including the Pilot Boat New York, mainly used in winter, and Pilot Boat New Jersey, used in the summer months. The  are also four smaller “America class” boats used for pilot boarding and transporting pilots to and from the pilot station, along with a slightly larger boat called “Sandy Hook.”

An emailed statement from the USCG said the pilot boat involved was the Wanderer, part of the America class.

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