On Wednesday, at approximately 11:00 a.m., deputies from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office located a boater who was stranded overnight on the Hudson River.

Deputies were conducting a maritime training exercise on the Hudson River when they noticed a motorboat south of Cruger Island displaying an orange distress flag.

The boat operator, a seventy-year-old male from Delaware County, New York, told deputies that his boat experienced mechanical problems the day before and that he dropped anchor and slept on the boat overnight while waiting for assistance.

No calls for help were made to 911 via cellphone or over the VHF marine radio.

The boat operator was uninjured and refused medical attention. Deputies towed the disabled boat to a local marina. All boaters are encouraged to stay with their boat or watercraft if they become disabled or encounter an emergency.

Attempting to swim to shore is strongly discouraged due to the currents in the Hudson River. Boaters should call for assistance on VHF channel 16 or call 911 from their cellphone and deploy a visual distress signal.

In addition, citizens on land should also be aware of visual distress signals displayed on
the waterways. If you see a boat displaying an orange flag with a black square above a black circle or a pyrotechnic device, you should call 911.

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