Coast Guard, partner agencies assist disabled vessel in New York Harbor

Coast Guard Station New York 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier)

Coast Guard Station New York 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier)

NEW YORK — The Coast Guard assisted a disabled vessel in the New York Harbor and East River, Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 4:00 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York command center vessel traffic service were notified by the captain of Empire Cruises 66-foot passenger vessel, Lucille, was disabled in the vicinity of Liberty Island with 41 people aboard.

The command center launched two 45-foot Response Boat–Medium boatcrews from Coast Guard Station New York. A safety broadcast was also issued to all commercial and recreational traffic in the harbor informing all mariners to transit the area with caution.

The boatcrews from Station New York arrived on scene at approximately 4:20 p.m., and Lucille was able to restore power after the Coast Guard and partner agencies FDNY and NYPD arrived on scene.

The Coast Guard and partner agencies escorted the vessel up the East River to Skyport Marina where it moored around 6:00 p.m., and all passengers safely disembarked the vessel.

“Ensuring passenger safety is our top priority,” said Capt. Jason Tama, commander, Sector New York. “The Coast Guard, along with our partner agencies, are always ready to assist mariners in distress, especially with hazardous weather looming for the duration of the weekend.”

There were no reported injuries. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the power loss.

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