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4 kayakers injured after being struck by ferry in Hudson River

NEW YORK — Multiple kayakers were injured after being struck by a ferry on the Hudson River Tuesday evening.

The collision happened around 6 p.m., on the north side of Pier 84 near W. 46th Street.

Police say the NY Waterways ferry departed from Pier 79 and struck the kayakers as it was pulling out of the port.

Manhattan Kayak and SUP posted to Facebook saying 11 kayakers were in the water at the time but only four were injured.

One of the victims, an 18-year-old male, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he underwent surgery for a severe laceration to the elbow.

The captain has passed a drug and alcohol test.

Officials believe the blinding sun may have been a factor.

“We are cooperating with the U.S. Coast Guard and the NYPD in this investigation,” said Pat Smith with NY Waterways.

Manhattan Kayak and SUP says this was the first major incident they've ever had in nearly two decades of being in business.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.