3 men rescued from capsized boat in East River

3 men rescued from capsized boat in East River

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Three men were rescued after their boat capsized near the Manhattan Bridge early Saturday morning.

Police say the 25-foot Grady White boat tipped over around 8:00 a.m. after a line that had been stopped in the water got caught on a cleat. The force of the current was so strong on the line pulled down the boat, and it flipped over.

The three men were setting up buoys for the Liberty Challenge, a 15-mile canoe regatta.

An NYPD boat was patrolling the East River when they heard on the radio of a capsized boat and quickly saw two of the men hanging on the sinking vessel.

According to the NY Post, the three victims were then taken to Pier 17 and EMS took a 53-year-old man to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of a head injury. A 60-year-old was hospitalized for a leg injury. Both men were listed in stable condition.

One officer involved in the rescue was treated for a neck injury at Lutheran Medical Center.

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