6 teens rescued from Hudson River after boat sinks

Six teens were rescued from the Hudson River Wednesday afternoon when the sailboat they were in began to sink. The incident occurred just off Croton Point. The teens were planning on a fun day of sailing,

News 12 Staff

Jun 18, 2008, 11:16 PM

Updated 5,819 days ago

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6 teens rescued from Hudson River after boat sinks
Six teens were rescued from the Hudson River Wednesday afternoon when the sailboat they were in began to sink.
The incident occurred just off Croton Point. The teens were planning on a fun day of sailing, but were forced to act quick when their sailboat began taking in water.
Authorities said the teens did everything they should have done in the event of an emergency. According to Sharon Singer, a mother of one of the boys, two of the boys teach sailing at a local sailing camp. Lucky for the teens, they had a waterproof cell phone and called 911 as soon as they noticed a problem.
Next, the teens knew to make the boat as visible as possible. ?The reason why we were able to identify them right away, their location, was because one of the kids was thinking quite rapidly and he put up the sail, ? Tom Reddy, assistant chief at the Ossining Police Department, said.
The teens also tried to make the boat as light as possible by throwing anything they could overboard. Then, wearing life vests, they jumped into the river.
Authorities have determined that the water in the boat was coming from a major leak that developed near the boat?s center board.
Westchester County police and the Ossining Fire Department were the first on the scene. Together, rescue workers pulled the six boys out of the water. Five were taken to Phelps Memorial to be checked out, and one went home with his mother. Authorities said that after being checked out by doctors, the five teens were released.


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