Tugboat Captain and Crew Rescued After Vessel Capsizes in Hudson River

NY Daily News - October 14, 2011

by John Doyle AND Bill Hutchinson DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

A tugboat captain and his two crew members were rescued from the Hudson River Thursday after their vessel capsized, officials said.

Capt. Peter Brewster was pulled from the water by a private boater and taken to St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital. He was expected to be released Thursday night.

The two crew members were not injured in the 4:30 p.m. mid-river emergency near Pier 76.

Fire officials said the tugboat was apparently towing a barge carrying a crane when it capsized and sank. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.

Firefighters commandeered the New York Waterways ferry Port Imperial New Jersey at Pier 79. Capt. Tom Jansen, 23, said he transported 30 firefighters and 6 cops to a fireboat to perform a dive search for victims.

"This was actually the first time I've been commandeered for an emergency," Jansen said. "It was very exciting."