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Man, 57, rescues 2 boaters from upstate NY creek

October 30, 2013
Associated Press

ULSTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police are crediting a 57-year-old man with saving the lives of two men whose boat overturned in a Hudson Valley creek.

Gerald Gust of Esopus tells the Daily Freeman of Kingston ( ) that he was driving late Monday morning on a road alongside the Rondout Creek in Ulster County when he heard the sound of an aluminum boat hitting something.

He then spotted an overturned 14-foot boat in the middle of the creek and two men who had been thrown into the cold water after hitting a Coast Guard buoy.

Deputies say Gust found a boat tied to a nearby pier and used it to rescue the men, ages 68 and 72.

The sheriff's office says the boaters weren't wearing lifejackets and likely would have died. Both were recovering at Kingston Hospital.


Information from: Daily Freeman,



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