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Kayaking Gone Wrong

by Stephanie Valenzuela on September 1, 2016
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Kayaking in the Hudson river alongside New York City is always a fun way to indulge in the Summer breeze and also take in a view of the skyline while having a bit of a workout. In fact, any water sport in the Hudson can be fun if one knows what they are doing. Sometimes, though, the unexpected happens and one just has to take extra caution. For ten kayakers that was the case when a ferry crashed into them on the Hudson.

Thankfully the incident did not escalate to something worse, although one man suffered severe partial damage to his arm. Five, including the man, were injured in the crash.  The ferry took off from Pier 79 on 39th street and around 6 P.M. hit the kayakers. NYPD pulled the ten people out of the water along with their kayaks.

Manhattan Kayak company was in charge of the people riding the kayaks on the Hudson. It has its excursions which provides kayaking, paddleboards, classes and private lessons. The company confirmed that the man who was injured was an employee of theirs, and is a veteran who learned to kayak on the waters along New York City. They issued a statement saying “we are extremely relieved to hear that he is in good spirits.”

Aboard the ferry, there were 451 people on board. All were accounted for. The NYPD are investigating what caused the crash, looking into who had the right away in the water and if the sun or weather played a factor as well. It is not determined where the ferry was headed off to, and the ferry skipper is still being reached for comment. The captain of the ferry was required to take a drug and alcohol test in which he blew a 0.00.

The Hudson river can be used for recreational and commercial vessels.

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Stephanie Valenzuela
I am a firm believer in patience, and believing that with patience all good things come with time. My motto has always been, if you want to be known, be known for something good, and informing the public is good to me, whether it be threw my writing or reporting, is a good way to be known. With a passion for everything New York City, I am driven to know what goes on in it every hour of the day. My dream has always been to live the 'city life', but besides dreaming about that life, you can catch me traveling the world, as I have been to over ten countries, or constantly reading the news and getting informed as to what goes on globally. I am a person who likes to know and be informed at all times. To me that is key and my mentality is always set to learn more on what goes on in our world in order to inform my public and be the best journalist that I can be.