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Cruise ship freed from beneath rail bridge on Hudson River

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Crews from the tugboats Margot ,left, and Frances work to free the Captain JP III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — An unoccupied Hudson River cruise ship that broke loose from its moorings amid rising water and ice jams has been freed from beneath a rail bridge in Albany, New York.

The four-deck Captain J.P. III cruise ship and six other vessels drifted downriver from Troy toward Albany early Friday, temporarily closing five vehicle bridges during morning rush hour.

The 300-foot cruise vessel was stuck for hours beneath a railroad bridge connecting Albany and Rensselaer, prompting Amtrak to reduce speeds over the span. Two Coast Guard ice-breaking cutters and two commercial tug boats worked to pull it free.

The Coast Guard says the ship was freed around 3:30 p.m. and towed back north to Troy. The Coast Guard says all other vessels that drifted downriver were also secured by Friday afternoon.

The Captain JP III cruise ship is wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 in Albany, N.Y. The unoccupied, four-deck cruise vessel broke loose from its moorings amid rising water and ice jams then floated slowly downriver where it hit and jammed under the bridge. The bridge has since re-opened. (AP Photo/Courtesy of New York State Police)
An Amtrak train passes over the Captain JP III cruise ship that is wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The unoccupied Hudson River cruise ship broke loose from its moorings amid rising water and ice jams, floated slowly downriver and is jammed under a rail bridge.   (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Captain JP III cruise ship is wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The unoccupied Hudson River cruise ship broke loose from its moorings amid rising water and ice jams, floated slowly downriver and is jammed under a rail bridge.   (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Crews from the tugboats Frances, left, and Margot work to free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Crew-members work to free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Crews from the tugboats Frances, left, and Margot work to free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
A New York State Police helicopter is used to survey the area to help free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Spectators watch crews from the tugboats Frances, left, and Margot free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Crews from the tugboats Frances and Margot work to free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
The Captain JP III cruise ship is wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 in Albany, N.Y. The unoccupied, four-deck cruise vessel broke loose from its moorings amid rising water and ice jams then floated slowly downriver where it hit and jammed under the bridge. The bridge has since re-opened. (AP Photo/Courtesy of New York State Police)
The Captain JP III cruise ship is wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 in Albany, N.Y. The unoccupied, four-deck cruise vessel broke loose from its moorings amid rising water and ice jams then floated slowly downriver where it hit and jammed under the bridge. The bridge has since re-opened. (AP Photo/Courtesy of New York State Police)
An Amtrak train passes over the Captain JP III cruise ship that is wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The unoccupied Hudson River cruise ship broke loose from its moorings amid rising water and ice jams, floated slowly downriver and is jammed under a rail bridge.   (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
An Amtrak train passes over the Captain JP III cruise ship that is wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The unoccupied Hudson River cruise ship broke loose from its moorings amid rising water and ice jams, floated slowly downriver and is jammed under a rail bridge. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Crews from the tugboats Margot ,left, and Frances work to free the Captain JP III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Crews from the tugboats Margot ,left, and Frances work to free the Captain JP III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Crews from the tugboats Frances, left, and Margot work to free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Crews from the tugboats Frances, left, and Margot work to free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Spectators watch crews from the tugboats Frances, left, and Margot free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Spectators watch crews from the tugboats Frances, left, and Margot free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Captain JP III cruise ship is wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The unoccupied Hudson River cruise ship broke loose from its moorings amid rising water and ice jams, floated slowly downriver and is jammed under a rail bridge.   (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Captain JP III cruise ship is wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The unoccupied Hudson River cruise ship broke loose from its moorings amid rising water and ice jams, floated slowly downriver and is jammed under a rail bridge. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
A New York State Police helicopter is used to survey the area to help free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
A New York State Police helicopter is used to survey the area to help free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Crew-members work to free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Crew-members work to free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Crews from the tugboats Frances and Margot work to free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Crews from the tugboats Frances and Margot work to free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Crews from the tugboats Frances, left, and Margot work to free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Crews from the tugboats Frances, left, and Margot work to free the Captain J.P. III cruise ship that broke away from its winter moorings in Troy, N.Y., and floated down river and became wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)