'Cake Boss,' Family Rescued From Foggy Waters

No one was injured after 32-foot Boston Whaler drifted into dangerous channel Friday night near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

A Friday night boat ride along the Hudson River with family and friends was no piece of cake for Buddy Valastro.

The Cake Boss, his wife, another couple and nine children were rescued when their 32-foot Boston Whaler drifted into dangerous waters amid thick fog near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at about 9:30 p.m. Friday.

The boat became lost in the Ambrose Channel, a busy area containing large commercial vessels. Valastro told CNN it was a "scary" situation that nearly took a turn for the worse when a large vessel was about 30 feet away headed straight for them.

"I saw him but I don't think he saw us," Valastro told CNN. "We had to get out of the way... I turned quick. It got really, really scary. I said,' You know, it's time to call for help."

No one was injured during the ordeal, but some of the children became seasick, CNN reported.

Valastro, who owns Carlo's Bakery, was navigating the boat from Sandy Hook to Jersey City.

Firefighters from the Summer Boat Program, which routinely rescues stranded boats and people in the water, towed the boat out of the Ambrose Channel before the NYPD escorted the vessel to Jersey City, according to the New York Post.

"The fog rolled in like a wave,” one of the firefighters, Chris Tucker, told the New York Daily News. "It was sunny one moment and the next you weren’t able to see what's in front of your boat. Even an experienced boater would tell you that isn't something you want to find yourself in."

The Morris County resident was grateful the rescuers guided them to safety.

"Want to thank my friends at the nypd and FDNY for coming to help me in my family stuck in the fog in the Hudson towing us in you guys rock," Valastro Tweeted Friday night and included an Instagram photo with one of the rescuers.

Valastro's wife, however, wasn't amused.

"Next time we go out at night need to check the forecast #mywifewantstokillme," Valastro later Tweeted Friday night.
Andy Schmidt July 13, 2014 at 08:32 AM
They actually deserve credit for having swalled their pride and admitted to themselves (and passengers & public) that they were "in over their heads". Too many times, false pride can turn an "iffy" situation into a tragedy. Being able to "ask for help" shows self-confidence and character strength!
Charles Schwartz July 13, 2014 at 08:52 AM
Check the forecast? How about taking boating lessons?
Rue Marsh July 13, 2014 at 11:09 AM
weather can and does change on a dime oneminute it is clear and beautiful water smooth as glass next minute waves 20 feet hight fog comming at u that is just mother nature God bless you all
James Sweeney July 13, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Boston Whaler manufactures boats in Edgewater, Florida........about a half hour from me on the Halifax River.....an Intracoastal Waterway.....they are well made...................
Dennis Cronin July 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM
Great this will be a good lead in for another show but I would prefer to see a combined cake thanking them instead of two different ones for NYPD & FDNY.


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