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A woman and child lost their lives due to the capsizing of a chartered boat on the Hudson River on Tuesday. 

Sending all 12 people on board into the water, a woman and a 7-year-old child lost their lives by the time nearby ferries rushed to the scene to help police and fire department rescuers get people out of the water.

Source: CBS News

Three people were critically injured, including the captain. Victims became trapped beneath the boat when it flipped at around 2:45 p.m. off Manhattan near Pier 86, authorities said, which is in front of the docked aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, a popular tourist destination.

“There’s a lot of commercial and recreational traffic during the day here. We also have a lot of people on Jet Skis, and kayaks,” said Inspector Anthony Russo, commanding officer of the New York Police Department’s Harbor Unit, at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “The Hudson River is always a dangerous place to operate,” he said.

“Our hearts go out to a group of people who were just using the water in our city,” Mayor Eric Adams said at the news conference. “This is a devastating moment for them and those who were part of the families that were there.”

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