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Sat Jul 27, 2013, 08:35 AM


Tappan Zee boat accident - two missing


PIERMONT Four people were injured late Friday and two others were missing after a boat struck a barge in the Hudson River just south of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Rescue workers searched almost three hours for the two missing boaters, one woman and one man, using boats and helicopters between Piermont and the Tappan Zee Bridge. The search was called off shortly before 1:30 a.m. today.

The crash, involving a 21-foot Stingray powerboat, was reported at 10:40 p.m., said Ali Flockerzi, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman. The vessel struck a barge. There are numerous barges moored north and south of the bridge some holding cranes and others holding equipment as work on the new Tappan Zee bridge ramps up.

Authorities said the crash occurred about a half-mile from the bridge, on the Rockland side of the river.

Having captained my own 30-footer thru these waters, it's incomprehensible how this could happen, unless alcohol was involved.

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