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Two Killed, Two Rescued as Pleasure Boat Hits Dump Scow Tow Rope

Two boaters are dead and two were rescued after a yacht struck the tow rope of a dredged material dump scow near Buoy Three in the Ambrose Channel at the entrance to New York Harbor at approximately 10:54 p.m., Saturday, October 20.

Coast Guard Sector New York received the emergency call via marine band radio from the via marine band radio from the master of the "Melvin Lemmerhirt", the tugboat towing the barge. He reported that a 24-foot pleasure craft with four people onboard had struck his tow cable and capsized.

The barge was enroute to a mud disposal site near Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

One person was found in the water shortly after the collision by the "Captain Dave", a fishing boat homeported in Sheepshead Bay, New York, and transferred to a Coast Guard rescue boat. The victim was taken to Staten Island, N.Y. where emergency medical personnel were standing by.

Another individual was found and rescued by New York Police Department divers and med-evaced to a hospital by an NYPD rescue helicopter.

Rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station New York and Sandy Hook launched immediately and were on scene within minutes of receiving the call. The New York Police Department deployed two rescue helicopters and divers to assist. None of the boaters on the yacht were reported to be wearing life jackets.

"The quick response and actions of the fishing boat "Captain Dave" is commendable and may have saved the life of one of the boaters," said Lt. Erica Mack, a command duty officer at Sector New York.

The Coast Guard is investigating this incident.

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