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Jet-Skiers Get Stuck in the Mud in New York City

By Jess Wisloski | August 19, 2012 11:12pm

INWOOD — Three jet skiers had a longer foray into Manhattan than planned, when they wound up stuck in a marsh in Inwood Hill Park, witnesses said.

A cadre of FDNY, NYPD, and dozens of Inwood residents came out to watch as three boaters on jet skis tried to figure out how to escape the waist-high salt marsh near Spuyten Duyvil Creek that had stalled out at least two of their watercrafts.

The FDNY said a call came in at 3:57 p.m. from West 218th Street and Indian Road, reporting that two men on jet skis were unable to remove their boats from the sludge. 

Witnesses said they saw three boaters, but it was unclear if one was free enough to move away from the muck. The men were seen in the waterway as early as 1 p.m., locals said.

The men agreed with authorities to wait for the high tide to come later that evening, since nobody was in immediate danger, and rescue boats also faced the problem of getting stuck, according to witnesses on the scene. According to Weather Underground, an online weather service, the next high tide peaked at 9:21 p.m.

The FDNY, which responded with Battalion 13, Engines 95, 93, and 81, and Ladders 36 and 45, confirmed that no action appeared to have been taken.