Captain JP removed from bridge after getting stuck

January 25, 2019 06:53 PM

The Captain JP III has now been removed after being stuck under the Livingston Avenue Amtrak Bridge -- but not before a wild day.

Two powerful tugboats were finally able to free the Captain JP cruise ship from its precarious position, wedged up against the bridge.


DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos described what happened as like a coordinated ballet on the Hudson River.

At least eight different boats broke free from their moorings up in the Troy-Lansingburgh-Watervliet area and began floating uncontrollably and recklessly down the Hudson River, nicking some of the bridge spans along the way.

In one case, the Captain JP III slammed directly into the Amtrak bridge. NewsChannel 13 is told the bridge is safe and they expect it to be operational.

Officials suggest the apparent cause of this incident was the extreme amount of ice on the Hudson River this year – but especially the changing temperatures going from cold to warm and back to cold. The high tide Friday morning made it very difficult.

Seggos asserted there was no structural damage to any spans along the river, or any environmental damage done to the river.

Because of the skilled efforts of the privately-owned tugboat operators, all of the boats have been able to be corralled. The river is stable.

"We coordinated with the Coast Guard right away first thing this morning when we learned that there was some barges loose on the Hudson. I know that they are sending a boat up from Mid-Hudson. I can't speak as to whether or not the federal shutdown, the lack of pay to federal employees is any reason as to why they're not here right now, but they're a good partner of ours. They know the river very well. Ultimately, we're going to be working very closely with them on the recovery of these barges," said Seggos.

The Rusty Anchor restaurant boat also hit the bridge and slid under and out before emergency crews slammed into it, along with a barge -- that in a stunning move went seamlessly right under the bridge and no damage to it.

WEB EXTRA: Captain JP slams into Livingston Bridge

WEB EXTRA: Captain JP scrapes against Congress Street Bridge (Courtesy: Sidewinder Photography)

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


WNYT Staff

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