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.


WNYT Staff

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