Teamwork at the Port of Albany after runaway boats

January 29, 2019 04:48 PM

ALBANY – When the call came in, it was just another day at the office for workers at the Port of Albany, who sprang into action. They had to corral "ghost ships" that broke free on Friday from fast-moving water and ice on the Hudson River.

In the end, eight vessels including the Rusty Anchor barge/restaurant and the Captain JP III were floating freely down the Hudson River. It all started by three tugboats that broke away overnight Thursday into Friday.

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"As it was approaching the dock I could see the aft end was sinking down in the water," said longshoreman Skyler Hannon. "The vessel didn't sink itself but it was definitely taking on water. One side was lower than the other."

He grabbed a line and hauled in one of the vessels after it was corralled by tugboats.

"We're just fortunate nothing happened with the bridges as far as any damage was done or anything or anybody got hurt, definitely the most important thing," said Kenny Ruiz, captain of the James Turecano tugboat.

Said tugboat deck-hand Stephanie Rolley: "Everybody worked good as a team together."

The Captain JP III needs extensive repairs, possibly as much as $150,000, according to its owner.

The Rusty Anchor barge is still tied up at the Port of Albany. The owner is due back in town Wednesday.


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