Monday, February 4, 2019

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Woman dies after fall into icy Hudson

Coast Guard vessel off Waryas Park (photo: Jason Brodbeck)

POUGHKEEPSIE – A woman, who apparently walked out on the ice covering the Hudson River off Poughkeepsie, fell through and died late Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

Shortly after 4 p.m. the Poughkeepsie Fire Department was dispatched to the vicinity of the Ice House Restaurant near Waryas Park for the report of a woman in the icy waters. The fire department responded with Engine 1 and, using a civilian drone, they were able to locate the victim.  Tug boat Kimberley Poiling was also in the area.

Due to icy conditions, the US Coast Guard dispatched two vessels and a helicopter to the scene.  The helicopter arrived from its station at Cape Cod while the USCG ice-breaker, Penobscot Bay, a 140-foot vessel from Bayonne, New Jersey responded along with the USCG Wire, a 65-foot tug from Saugerties. 

The Penobscot Bay deployed its ice-rescue team and recovered the victim, and returned her to the ship.  The Penobscot Bay transported her to the Poughkeepsie pier located off of Rinaldi Boulevard in order to transfer the victim to EMS personnel on shore.

The victim was transported to Vassar Brothers Hospital where she was pronounced dead a short while later.  The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

Northbound barge traffic on the river was halted near the Mid-Hudson Bridge while the rescue mission occurred.  An eyewitness at the waterfront said that the individual had climbed out on the ice and subsequently became immersed in the water prior to the 911 call.  First responders estimate that the woman was submerged in the frigid water for nearly an hour before being retrieved by the Coast Guard.

 


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