Eight People Rescued After Helicopter Crash

NEW YORK–Eight people were rescued by two good Samaritan vessels after a helicopter crashed in the Hudson River near Weehawken, N.J. around 4:50 p.m. today.

The helicopter’s pontoons immediately inflated as it hit the water and the eight survivors were able to safely exit the helicopter to the good Samaritan vessels Lady Sandy, from Jersey City and Reel Deal from Stoney Point, N.Y.

Two rescue crews from Coast Guard Station New York responded to the scene and transported the eight survivors from the good Samaritan vessels to the Circle Line Ferry dock near the Chelsea Pier in Manhattan. The survivors were then transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

“This is a great example of how the various response agencies in this area can come together during an emergency,” said Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Richard Sullivan. “Without the help and cooperation of everyone, including the good Samaritans, situations like this could be much worse.”

The Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish, and the New York City Police and Fire Departments also responded to the scene and have recovered helicopter debris from the water. There is no report of pollution.

The helicopter has been secured to a Weehawken pier. The pontoons are keeping it afloat.

The Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers are coordinating the helicopter’s removal from the water.

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