Runaway boats cause nightmare for commuters
January 25, 2019 01:00 PM
It was a nightmare for morning commuters on Friday morning as a number of boats broke free – including the Captain JP.
Authorities closed bridges to traffic in both directions as boats spun and floated -- guided by ice.
Two tugboats came up to try and corral the barges and tugs. All they could do was play defense and hope to slow it down.
State police watched this all from a helicopter up above – unable to stop what was taking place below.
Finally, the Rusty Anchor barge, which broke free from Watervliet, crossed down past the Corning Preserve Boat Launch. Then, the Captain JP cruise ship, which broke loose in Troy, hit the train bridge from Rensselaer County into Albany County just after 9 a.m. It had been free-floating for 3 ½ hours.
Three tugs executing a complicated maneuver to get the barge into shore pic.twitter.com/RafK5qy0qB— Basil Seggos (@BasilSeggos) January 25, 2019
Here’s the Rusty Anchor restaurant barge being snagged pic.twitter.com/88UlJY8RY1— Basil Seggos (@BasilSeggos) January 25, 2019
Down in Port of Albany as response is underway to recover loose barges. Barges are being secured here. Tug crews doing an amazing job under some treacherous ice conditions. pic.twitter.com/mSPOGhcxfh— Basil Seggos (@BasilSeggos) January 25, 2019
The American flag is flattened. This boat had scraped under the Congress St. Bridge 3 1/2 hours earlier. https://t.co/pcL0JMZVOj— John Craig (@JohnCraigWNYT) January 25, 2019
Amazing work by several agencies working together and standing by to open or close bridges and chase runaway boats. @nyspolice @VlietPolice @TroyNYPolice @albanypolice @NYSDOTAlbany @WNYT pic.twitter.com/U6pOXl7gMQ— John Craig (@JohnCraigWNYT) January 25, 2019
Updated: January 25, 2019 01:00 PM
Created: January 25, 2019 12:59 PM
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