Investigation Continues In Saturday’s Hudson River Boat AccidentAug 5th, 2013 | By Jay Long | Category: Featured Articles, Lead Article
The details surrounding a Hudson River boat accident are still not clear as the investigation closes in on its second full day.
What we do know is that a 24 foot cruiser sank near the shore in the Hudson River just before 10:00 PM Saturday night near the Roseton energy-generating plant. When found, three passengers had stayed with the vessel. Two passengers suffered injuries in the crash. A female passenger was flown to Westchester Medical Center and a male passenger was taken to St. Francis Hospital. Both are listed in stable condition at the time of this article.
A fourth person, who authorities are only describing as a man in fifties, believed to be the driver of the boat, left the wreck and was found in the energy plant asleep at 4:00 AM by security workers.
According to a Coast Guard spokesman, the 24 foot cruiser collided with rocks which caused it to sink.
Criminal charges are expected to be filed at the conclusion of the investigation. Authorities say at this time, alcohol might have played a factor in the accident.
Palisades Interstate Park Police officials are leading the investigation because the boat managed to make its way towards land before sinking. The Coast Guard had been called in to assist when the initial crash took place.
According to Sea Tow, the company obtained to recover the boat, the bottom of the cabin cruiser was destroyed.
The boat is registered to Joseph Ruggerio, 51, of Beacon but authorities would not confirm if he was operating the vessel at the time of the accident or if any charges were pending against him.
This incident comes less than two weeks after a fatal accident on the Hudson River that claimed the life of a bride to be and the couple’s would be best man.
As more details are released, Hudson Valley Insider will update this story.