2000-04-15 / Front Page
By Joan Ward George
The captain of the "Shelly Rose", a tugboat on its way from Fire Island to Staten Island last Saturday afternoon, found his vessel in jeopardy of capsizing near the shore at Beach 115 Street and was forced to disengage the dredging barge he was tugging, causing the barge to beach itself at that location.
According to the 100 Precinct Commanding Officer Captain Gary Scirica, the tugboat was on its way to Staten Island with the barge it tow when the boat began to experience rough seas and winds that forced it closer to shore. The captain of the tugboat, according to Scirica, realized that his vessel was about to capsize in the rough waters and he was forced to detach the barge. The barge was carried by the waves to the shoreline, but not before two of the tug’s crewmembers were injured. One sailor received contusions to his arm and another was treated for hypothermia. The barge remained at its beached location until a commercial operator, hired by the tugboat company, came to claim it earlier this week.
Saturday’s tugboat rescue operation was a coordinated effort of the U.S. Coast Guard, NYPD Harbor Patrol and NYPD Aviation units.