Two Dead, Two Rescued After Barge And Yacht Collide in Ambrose Channel

NEW YORK – Two boaters are dead and two were rescued after a barge and yacht collided near Buoy Three in the Ambrose Channel at approximately 10:54 p.m., Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector New York received the emergency call reporting the collision of a barge and a 24-foot pleasure craft with four people onboard via marine band radio from the master of the Melvin Lemmerhirt, the tugboat towing the barge. The barge is filled with dredged material and was enroute to a mud disposal site near Sandy Hook, N.J.

One person was found in the water shortly after the collision by The Captain Dave, a fishing boat homeported in Sheepshead Bay, N.Y., and transferred to a Coast Guard rescue boat. The victim was taken to Staten Island, N.Y. where emergency medical personnel were standing by.

Another individual was found and rescued by New York Police Department divers and medevaced to a hospital by an NYPD rescue helicopter.

Rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station New York and Station Sandy Hook launched immediately and were on scene within minutes of receiving the call. The New York Police Department deployed two rescue helicopters and divers to assist. None of the boaters on the yacht were reported to be wearing life jackets.

“The quick response and actions of the fishing boat Captain Dave is commendable and may have saved the life of one of the boaters,” said Lt. Erica Mack, a command duty officer at Sector New York.

The Coast Guard is investigating this incident.

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