A 10-minute Coast Guard video of US Airways Flight 1549 putting down in the Hudson River last week demonstrates just how quickly the passengers, crew and maritime community flew into action to save the 155 people on board.
All is calm on the water until – at 3:31 p.m. -- the plane comes splashing into view from the left. You can see the passengers and crew quickly scramble onto the wings of the plane. Less than two minutes later the first ferry is on the scene.
The marine community along New York’s lower Hudson River is receiving praise for its quick action that day, helping rescue all 155 passengers of from 35-degree water.
“The action was reminiscent of the quick and effective response by ‘all available boats’ on September 11, 2001, when commercial and government boats safely evacuated at least 500,000 people safely from Lower Manhattan,” according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration.
Rescuers included crews of the Circle Line tour boats, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boats, a Staten Island ferry support vessel as well as the boats from New York Waterway, according the Maritime Administration. New York Police and Fire Departments also responded.
The Coast Guard’s response included a fleet of small rescue boats and the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Ridley, which was diverted to the scene. The Coast Guard Cutter Katherine Walker also arrived on scene to assist in the search and rescue efforts and enforcement of the safety zones, according to the Coast Guard.
Three Coast Guard helicopters from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., and one from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., worked closely with New York City Police Department air assets to provide aerial support, reported the agency.
To see the full release from the Coast Guard, click here. http://www.uscgnewyork.com/go/doc/802/249211/