Boat Overturns at Liberty Island, 3 Rescued

One of the rescuers also helped people during the "Miracle on the Hudson"

Friday, Apr 6, 2012  |  Updated 6:43 PM EDT
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Three crew members were pulled from the water after a boat overturned Friday at Liberty Island.

Three crew members were pulled from the water after a boat overturned Friday at Liberty Island.

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Three crew members were pulled from the water after a boat overturned Friday at Liberty Island.

The tugboat was positioned near the dock when it turned over. All the victims were rescued, officials said.

One of the rescuers was an NY Waterway ferry captain who says he also helped rescue passengers from Flight 1549 when it landed in the Hudson River in 2009.

Capt. Mohamed Gouda noticed the vessel in distress as he was returning from Wall Street's Pier 11 to Jersey City, N.J., according to NY Waterway.

Gouda said in a statement that he lowered a "Jason's Cradle," which is a net-like maritime rescue device, and helped pull the three workers out.

“We used our classic procedures today” said Gouda. “I lowered the cradles, as the passengers climbed up. The same procedure we used during Flight 1549.”

The NYPD said the workers were trying to lift something with a crane when the vessel capsized. 

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