A woman and a seven year old have been killed after a boat capsized in the Hudson River in New York City.
New York City officials said that all 12 people on board were sent into the water, with three people critically injured, including the captain.
Nearby ferries were rushed to help police and fire department rescuers to get people out of the water.
The victims were trapped under the boat when it flipped at around 2.45pm off Manhattan near Pier 86, a popular tourist destination.
The cause of the accident is under investigation, said Inspector Anthony Russo, the commanding officer of the New York Police Department’s Harbour Unit.
The boat was chartered by a group of family and friends and the owner was following behind on a personal watercraft, authorities said.
Investigators are planning to look at the water conditions and the boat’s capacity to determine what happened.
“There’s a lot of commercial and recreational traffic during the day here. We also have a lot of people on jet skis, kayaks,” Russo said.
“The Hudson River is always a dangerous place to operate.
The names of the 50-year-old woman and the boy who died were not released.
“Our hearts go out to a group of people who were just using the water in our city,” Mayor Eric Adams said at the news conference.
“This is a devastating moment for them and those who were part of the families that were there.”