GREENPORT — Fire and rescue crews were called to the Hudson River late Saturday afternoon after receiving reports that a sailboat was in distress.

At about 5:09 p.m., Columbia County 911 sent Greenport Fire Department, Greenport Rescue Squad and Hudson Fire Department Dive Team to an area of the river, just north of Rogers Island in Greenport, after receiving a call from a resident on Mt. Merino, that he could see the boat, leaning to its side, First Assistant Chief Mark Taylor from the Greenport Fire Department said Saturday.

Emergency crews set up a command post at the Hudson Boat Launch and launched their boat south on the Hudson River.

When they reached the sailboat, they found the boat was marooned on a sand bar due to the river’s low tide, Taylor said.

The six occupants of the boat were not injured.

The group told fire officials they did not need to be rescued and would just wait for high tide so they could begin moving again, Taylor said.

High tide was scheduled to occur at 10:45 p.m. Greenport fire officials did not hear from the boaters later that night, so they assume they were able to get the boat floating again, Taylor said.

All fire companies were back in service at 5:57 p.m. State police assisted at the scene.

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