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Worker waving from a Hudson River barge spurs rescue boat response

Posted By Steve Lieberman On February 1, 2013 @ 2:12 pm In Rockland County,Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

From the department of better to be safe than sorry, a fire department rescue boat hit the Hudson River on Friday in response to a report of a boat in distress off Route 9W.

Fortunately, no one was in distress and no one got hurt.

What happened was a man working on a Hudson River barge waved to someone on shore just before 2 p.m., leading another landlubber to call authorities about a boat possibly being in distress, Sheriff’s Office Sgt. John Murphy said.

The caller thought the barge worker was waving for help.

The phone call led a local fire department boat to hit the icy waves of the Hudson.

The sheriff’s boat couldn’t immediately respond since it was iced at the Haverstraw marina, said Murphy, who oversee the Marine Unit and serves as the department’s spokesman.

Unless a life-or-death situation arose, Murphy said, the board was unavailable. As it turned out, “there was a person on land who saw the barge worker wave and thought it looked like a boat in distress,” Murphy said.

He pointed out people have cell phones and other means of communication, but sending out the boat to check was the right move, just in case there was a real emergency.

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