Owner of Captain JP does not believe boat will be a total loss

January 25, 2019 06:52 PM

NewsChannel 13 tracked down the owner of the Captain JP III in Florida, while he was set to board a plane to return to the Capital Region and see the damage for himself.

The owner was understandably under a lot of stress, but remained calm and cool, literally taking NewsChannel 13's phone call as he made his way to the gate at the airport down in Florida to catch a flight back east – then driving into Troy to get here.

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The boat is the largest cruise vessel in the Capital District.

Two private tugboats were brought in to unfree the 600 passenger boat after slamming into the Livingston Avenue Railroad Bridge earlier Friday morning.

Owner Jim Pledger got a call from the fire department Friday morning. They believe another tugboat broke free in the ice and current and hit the JP, causing it to head down the Hudson River unmanned.

The JP owner was notified by first responders.

There did look like some obvious damage was done, but it's not a total loss.

NewsChannel 13 is trying to touch base with the owner of the Rusty Anchor for damage done there.

WEB EXTRA: NewsChannel 13's Jill Konopka speaks with the owner of the Captain JP


Jill Konopka

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