Boaters Rescued Near George Washington Bridge

By Tom Liddy on September 25, 2011 11:22am 

The U.S. Coast Guard helped rescue boaters in distress near the George Washington Bridge.
The U.S. Coast Guard helped rescue boaters in distress near the George Washington Bridge.
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MANHATTAN — The Coast Guard helped rescue a boater who was having difficulty breathing near the George Washington Bridge Sunday morning.

A 25-foot boat with two people on board became disabled just before 10 a.m. about a mile north of the bridge, according to Petty Officer Thomas McKenzie.

One of the people on board was having trouble breathing and needed to use a nebulizer.

The FDNY, which had a boat nearby, sent its divers to assist those on board, McKenzie said.

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard dispatched a boat to tow the disabled craft, which had lost an engine, back to land.

Both people on board were taken to Englewood Hospital in stable condition.

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