On Saturday, June 24, Environmental Conservation Officers Clinger, Parmelee, Rappold, and Veloski spent the day patrolling the “New York City Jet Ski Invasion,” an annual event where an estimated 800 recreational boaters travel via jet-ski down the East River, through New York Harbor, and up the Hudson River to the George Washington Bridge.
While conducting a security patrol on vessel A-12, the Officers were flagged down by an anxious jet-skier who reported a sinking boat on the East River. The Officers responded, placing a pump on the sinking vessel before bringing two people from the boat onto their patrol boat.
Jet-skiers picked up the remaining three passengers and transferred them to a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit. ECOs and the New York Police Department’s Harbor Unit secured lines to the vessel so it could be towed. After successfully de-watering, crews safely towed the boat to Liberty Landing Marina in New Jersey where the five boaters were reunited.
Photo of ECOs conducting water rescue on New York City’s East River provided.