A group of kayakers being led on a guided tour on the Hudson River were struck by a ferry boat yesterday evening. Five kayakers were injured, one nearly had their arm severed, when a ferry operated by NY Waterway was leaving Pier 79 on its way toward Wall Street.
Ten kayakers in nine boats were on a routine tour when the ferry pilot failed to see them as he left the pier. Police are determining whether the pilot was blinded by glare before knocking the kayakers into the water.
NY Waterway operates ferry service for New York and New Jersey residents. The owner of the kayak company stated that the guided tour has been done hundreds of times.