Sunken boat recovered from Hudson River: police

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY – A 34-foot boat sank in the Hudson River south of Oscawana Island Park on Tuesday, leading to a search and rescue mission involving the county and emergency responders local.

Westchester County Police Communications received a call at 3:30 p.m. from a woman in Croton-on-Hudson who said she could see an anchored ship pick up and sink.

The County Police Marine Unit, assisted by several fire boats, conducted a grid search of the river in case anyone was in the water or on board the vessel. The Westchester County Police Aviation Unit helicopter also responded and searched from the air.

The Yorktown Heights Fire Department dive team was deployed from the county marine unit boats to assist with the search after the ship sank. Local emergency responders also included volunteers and boats from the Ossining and Verplanck Fire Departments, Croton Fire and EMS, Ossining Police and Paramedics.

It was learned during the incident that the boat, a 34-foot Bayliner, had been anchored for several days and that no one had been seen on board during that time.

At 8:46 p.m., the sunken vessel was relieved by Sea Tow and towed to Viking Boat Yard for removal from the water. The Marine Unit is working to identify the legal owner and determine what caused the boat to take on the water.

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