Boy woman dead on Hudson River
(NEW YORK) — Boy, woman dead after boat overturns on Hudson River, the New York Police Department said.
Colombian authorities have announced that the two people who died when a boat capsized on the Hudson River near Pier 84 in midtown Manhattan were Colombian citizens.
Reports state that the deceased are 7-year-old Julian Vasquez and 47-year-old Lindlia Vasquez.
The relationship between the two was not immediately clear, but authorities say they do not appear to be a mother and her son.
The two were part of a Colombian family traveling together, who took the jet boat — called the Stimulus Money — in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Police said 11 other family members, all from Colombia, were injured, including at least six women and three men.
Officials said the ship’s licensed captain, who is from Elizabeth, was also injured.
The other nine were said to have sustained only minor injuries.
With the two dead, four of the boat’s passengers went to Mount Sinai Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Authorities said two people were taken to hospital in critical condition, including the boat’s captain.
Tuesday’s incident prompted responses from several agencies, including the New York City Fire Department and the New York City Police Department.
The authorities did not yet know how the boat capsized.
The US Coast Guard, the New York Fire Department and the NYPD responded shortly before 3 p.m. to reports of a ship capsized near Pier 86, in front of the Intrepid Sea, the Air & Space Museum in Manhattan.
Authorities said the 27-foot boat was rented by family and friends, and the boat owner had a jet-ski behind.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams also attended the conference and offered his condolences for the victims.
“Our thoughts are with a group of people who were only using water in our city,” Adams said at the time.
“This is a devastating moment for them and for those who were part of the families that were there.”