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brianac
January 26th, 2011, 10:42 AM
January 26, 2011, 10:25 am

Ferry Boat on Fire in Hudson, Police Say

By ANDY NEWMAN (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/author/andy-newman/) A ferry boat is on fire in the Hudson River off Edgewater, N.J., south of the George Washington Bridge, the Edgewater police say. The New York Fire Department has sent fast-response boats from Manhattan and Brooklyn, and the New York Police Department has dispatched its harbor units to the scene.

That’s all we know now. We will continue to update as details come in.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/

brianac
January 26th, 2011, 10:50 AM
EDGEWATER, NJ (WABC) -- A ferry boat with a smoking engine has docked in Edgewater, New Jersey where passengers were expected to be checked out.

The ferry was brought to the Edgewater Ferry Terminal on River Road, about one mile south of the George Washington Bridge.

Several dozen passengers were taken off the ferry, and they were being checked out.


Some are expected to be taken to an area hospital, officials said.


The smoking ferry, operated by New York Waterway, was pushed to the shore by another ferry.

Firefighters are on the ferry putting water on the smoking engine.

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=7920150

brianac
January 26th, 2011, 11:02 AM
January 26, 2011, 10:25 am
All Safe in Ferry Boat on Fire in Hudson

By PATRICK MCGEEHAN (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/author/patrick-mcgeehan/)Updated, 10:56 a.m. |

A Hudson River ferry boat that helped rescue passengers from a ditched jetliner needed some rescuing itself on Wednesday when it caught fire shortly after leaving the dock at Edgewater, N.J.

But the crew managed to get the boat back to the dock before any passengers were injured, said Pat Smith, a spokesman for the ferry company, New York Waterway (http://www.nywaterway.com/Commuters.aspx).

Mr. Smith said the engine overheated and started to emit smoke about five minutes after the boat, the Moira Smith, departed from Edgewater, just south of the George Washington Bridge, around 9:30 a.m. He said the crew anchored the boat, then returned it to the Edgewater dock, where all of the passengers got off unharmed. He said the passengers boarded another ferry, which took them to the terminal at the west end of 39th Street in Manhattan.

The Moira Smith is one of the ferryboats that rushed to the aid of US Airways Flight 1549 when it splashed down in the Hudson two years ago. The boat’s crew rescued 14 of the plane’s passengers (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/17/nyregion/17about.html).

New York Waterway runs boats from Edgewater only during rush hours (http://www.nywaterway.com/EdgewaterFerryLanding.aspx#weekday). No more departures or arrivals are scheduled until after 4 p.m.

The fire brought out a heavy emergency response. The New York Fire Department sent fast-response boats from Manhattan and Brooklyn, and the New York Police Department dispatched its harbor units to the scene.

Patrick J. Lyons, Andy Newman and Liz Robbins contributed reporting.

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