2 missing, including bride-to-be, in N.Y. boat accident

Two people are missing and four were injured, when a recreational boat collided with a barge on the Hudson River, near Piedmont, N.Y., late Friday, July 26, 2013. WCBS

PIERMONT, N.Y. The Coast Guard says a recreational boat struck a barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge on New York's Hudson River, sending two people into the water who haven't been found. Four others were hurt.

The late-night crash happened near Piermont, about 25 miles north of New York City.

CBS New York station WCBS-TV reports watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York were notified around 10:40 p.m. Friday of a 21-foot recreational boat striking a barge in the river. Three people were seriously injured and another was unconscious, authorities said. All of those onboard were adults.

The four injured people were taken to Nyack Hospital in Nyack.

Coast Guard, NYPD, New York State Police, Westchester, and other police and fire departments agencies launched a search from sea and air for the two missing boaters. The search was called off a few hours later, but resumed around 9 a.m.

WCBS reports the missing woman and man were a bride-to-be and the best man for her wedding, which was scheduled for Aug. 10.

The barge was involved in the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Boaters who were at the scene Friday night told WCBS-TV that conditions were fairly good, but while there is lighting on the barges it is especially difficult to see, particularly when boaters are close to the bridge, the boaters said.

Anthony Apolito, a worker at a nearby marina, described what he saw: "When they brought injured people back from the accident, there was a man, he had a neck brace; another man with a neck brace. One guy came off the boat and his face was completely drenched in blood."

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