Report of a capsized boat in the Hudson draws several first responders

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Poughkeepsie firefighters searching for a reported boat in distress on the Hudson River.

POUGHKEEPSIE – City 911 received a report of a capsized boat in the Hudson River near Waryas Park, which triggered a prompt response from the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department, Town of Lloyd Police, Mobile Life, and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO).

The reported incident happened just before 11:00 a.m. on Sunday as the rain and wind from Tropical Storm Henri began to arrive in the Hudson Valley.  The person that reported the incident remained at the scene and told Dutchess County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Shawn Castano that a very small boat with two women on it had pulled up to the dock at the former Ice House, appeared to be having trouble with the boat, and then traveled north, disappearing on the west side of the river near the Walkway span.

Poughkeepsie firefighters launched Marine 2 at the Waryas boat ramp and were joined on the river by the DCSO Enforcer launched from Hyde Park.  A second person in the park flagged down Poughkeepsie Fire Captain Steve Bauer and said that he had watched the small boat with his binoculars and witnessed it being removed from the water at a boat ramp in the Town of Lloyd.

Lloyd police dispatched an officer to the scene who was able to locate the trailered boat attached to a vehicle but was unable to find the owners or operators.

The fire department and DCSO vessels performed a second sweep of the river to ensure no additional boaters were in distress before calling it a “good intent” report and returning to service.