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Runaway Cruise Ship Makes Doomed Bid for Freedom on Hudson

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    Runaway Cruise Ship Makes Doomed Bid for Freedom on Hudson

    Officials say the 300-foot cruise vessel hit a span in Troy before becoming stuck under a bridge connecting Albany and Rensselaer. Credit: WNYT

    (Published Friday, Jan. 25, 2019)

    An unoccupied Hudson River cruise ship broke loose from its moorings amid rising water and ice jams, floated slowly downriver and got jammed under a rail bridge in Albany, creating a major mess and snarling traffic.

    The four-deck Captain J.P. III cruise ship and six other vessels drifted from Troy downriver toward Albany early Friday morning, temporarily closing five vehicle bridges and snarling rush-hour traffic.

    Officials say the 300-foot cruise vessel hit a span in Troy before becoming stuck under a bridge connecting Albany and Rensselaer. Amtrak says it's using the bridge under "restricted speeds."

    Two Coast Guard ice-breaking cutters and two commercial tug boats are headed to the scene to pull the ship free.

    No injuries have been reported.

    The Coast Guard says two barges were secured.