YONKERS, N.Y. --- A vessel in distress call Sunday afternoon resulted in Yonkers Police Emergency Services Unit Marine 1 officers sweeping into action to rescue three.
Officers Gerald Wilkens and Michael Atkins were on patrol on the Hudson River early in the afternoon when they received the report of a vessel in distress south of the Kennedy Marina in Yonkers.
The officers immediately responded north on the river and encountered a WaveRunner watercraft occupied by an adult male and two girls ages 11 and 12, police said. The adult male was able to reach Yonkers Police by cell phone.
The vessel was not running and was taking on water. The adult male went into the water and both girls were in a panicked state while remaining on the vessel, according to police.
The officers immediately tied a line to the vessel and subsequently pulled both girls and the adult male to safety onto Marine 1, police said. Approximately one minute after pulling the three on board, the WaveRunner became partially submerged.
The officers were able to right the vessel and tow it into the Kennedy Marina.
No injuries were sustained by any of those involved.
Initial investigation has revealed that upon leaving the Kennedy Marina, the WaveRunner began to take on water and stalled. The vessel was then taken quickly by a strong current southbound on the Yonkers side of the river.
The wave runner will be taken by the owner for inspection.
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