Watch: Vessels Break Loose on Icy Hudson Near Troy, New York

Mike Schuler
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January 25, 2019

The Captain JP Morgan has come to rest against the Livingston Ave Amtrak bridge.

The U.S. Coast Guard and other state and local agencies responded Friday to reports of several barges and vessels breaking away from their moorings on the Hudson River near Troy, New York due to ice flows.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York received the initial report of the situation from Rensselaer emergency dispatch.

New York State Marine notified the Coast Guard that an additional six vessels were noticed adrift in the ice flows shortly before sunrise.

One of the vessels was a 300-foot cruise boat, which became stuck at the Livingston Avenue railroad bridge. Two adrift barges also broke free but have been secured.

Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay, a 140-foot ice breaker, and Coast Guard Cutter Wire, a 65-foot ice breaking tug, were dispatched to the scene to assist. An overflight from a Coast Guard aircraft was scheduled to take place to assess the exact positions of the adrift vessels. Two commercial tugs were also responding.

There have been no reports yet of injuries or pollution.

The Coast Guard is continuing to investigate the incident.

Photos and video of the breakaway vessels were posted online:

 

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