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Two people died and several were critically injured when a small boat with more than a dozen crew members capsized in New York’s Hudson River, in front of a tourist area in the middle of the island of Manhattan.
According to the authorities in a press conference, The deceased are a 7-year-old boy and a 50-year-old woman. who were rescued by divers from the emergency teams after being trapped under the capsized boat.
Three people, including the captain of the ship, are admitted to hospital in serious condition and another eight have been admitted as patients but are not at risk.
According to initial data released by the Police, the boat had been chartered by a group of family and friends, and its owner was following close behind on a jet ski.
Around 2:45 p.m. and for reasons that are being investigated, the boat capsized in the river at the height of the Intrepid museum in New York, known for being a huge ship anchored in a tourist area on the west side of Manhattan.
Police Chief Keechant Seewell said the tragedy “could have been much worse” were it not for the quick reaction of two local transport ferries between docks that came to help the crew members and rescued nine of them.
The mayor, Eric Adams, congratulated the emergency teams, lamented the deaths and recalled that the water “can be a dangerous place”, so he asked for caution for those who participate in water activities in the city’s rivers or beaches this summer. .
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