NY Waterway Captain rescues helicopter pilot

Sole occupant of the helicopter was pulled aboard after a crash off Hoboken

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Captain Adam Sciaino pulled the pilot aboard safely at 1:20 p.m. on May 15.
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The helicopter was partially submerged in the Hudson River.
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Captain Adam Sciaino pulled the pilot aboard safely at 1:20 p.m. on May 15.
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The helicopter was partially submerged in the Hudson River.

A NY Waterway ferry crew member aboard the “Gov. Thomas Kean” rescued a helicopter pilot from a crash landing in the Hudson River on May 15.

Captain Adam Sciaino was carrying passengers between West 39th Street in Manhattan and 14th Street in Hoboken when he saw the helicopter go down at about 1:20 p.m. This is the second rescue performed by Sciaino during his ten-year career with the company.

Deckhand Edwin Montoya deployed a rescue device called the “Jason’s Cradle,” off the bow of the ferry and pulled the pilot aboard. No one else was in the helicopter.

“It was just instinct,” Sciaino said. “Just another day for NY Waterway rescues. We’re right here. Edwin Montoya is an outstanding deckhand. He moved instantly to the rescue.”

In 32 years, NY Waterway crews have rescued almost 300 people from the waters of the Hudson River, including 143 people who were rescued from U.S. Airways Flight 1549, dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson,” in the most successful marine rescue in aviation history.

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