Three Seafarers who work aboard NY Waterway passenger ferries recently pulled off their second rescue in two months.
Capt. Gil Rivera and Deckhands Selena Sobers and Ignacio Minutillo on July 9 pulled a teen to safety after his sailboat overturned in the Hudson River. A New York Police Department Harbor Unit crew pulled the other teen (who also had been in the sailboat) onto its vessel.
All three of the Seafarers have taken safety training at the SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center, located in Piney Point, Maryland. They were sailing aboard the York when the more recent rescue happened – and were on that same boat May 7, when they aided a main in distress in the river near the Brookfield/ Battery Park City Ferry Terminal.
According to a NY Waterway news release, both teens were taken to Paulus Hook, where Jersey Police and ambulance crews tended to them.
“My deckhands did an excellent job, working well under pressure. We were able to get the young man out of the water quickly. Once again, our training paid off,” Rivera said.
In 31 years, SIU NY Waterway crews have rescued almost 300 people from the waters of New York Harbor, including 143 people rescued from U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in “The Miracle on the Hudson,” billed as the most successful marine rescue in aviation history.