NEW YORK — A Missouri teen was visiting family in New York City and celebrating his graduation when a crash involving a kayak and ferry on the Hudson River severely injured his arm, his mother told PIX11 on Wednesday.
The unnamed 18-year-old was one of four people injured when the two vessels collided Tuesday on the north side of Pier 84 near West 46th Street around 6 p.m., officials said.
The teen was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he underwent surgery for a severe laceration to the elbow, and according to his mother is now in stable condition.
“(Doctors) have to go back in and clean and repair the tendon,” mother Maggie Kiser said. “The doctors told my daughter he was millimeters or a vein away from hitting a main artery.”
He had been visiting his sister and brother in New York City, and the kayak trip was his graduation present, the mother said.
“They walked out of the operating room perplexed and said it was nothing short of a miracle that he's alive,” Kiser said of her family’s reaction.
The mother plans to fly from Missouri to New York on Wednesday to see her son.
Manhattan Kayak and SUP posted to Facebook Tuesday saying 11 kayakers were knocked into the water — four of whom were injured.
The captain passed a drug and alcohol test, and investigators believe temporary blindness due to the sun may have caused the collision.
“We are cooperating with the U.S. Coast Guard and the NYPD in this investigation,” Pat Smith with NY Waterways said Tuesday.
This was the first major incident the company faced in nearly two decades of being in business, Manhattan Kayak and SUP officials said.