Runaway vessels float down Hudson River; 1 gets stuck under bridge

Fast-moving ice on rising waters caused several unoccupied vessels and barges to break loose from their moorings in the Hudson River on Friday. The vessels floated downriver, prompting the State Police to close several bridges between Troy and Albany as a precaution.

One vessel, the four-deck Captain J.P. III cruise ship, got jammed under a railroad bridge connecting Albany and Rensselaer for several hours, according to officials.

Video footage from a New York State Police drone showed the cruise ship floating amid several ice floes and hitting the Livingston Avenue bridge.

Amtrak trains had to slow down as they crossed the bridge, the AP reported.

Two The Coast Guard cutters—the Penobscot Bay, a 140-foot ice breaker, and the Wire, a 65-foot ice breaking tug, and two commercial tugboats responded and worked to free the Captain J.P. III.

Crews managed to secure the other drifting vessels by Friday afternoon, the Coast Guard said. 

With The Associated Press