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LIFEBOAT DRILL GOES WRONG, TRAPPING 2 MEN FOR AN HOUR

A lifeboat drill on an ocean liner turned into a dramatic real-life rescue operation when the boat fell and overturned, trapping two men beneath it in the frigid Hudson River.

The men survived an hour in the dark 40-degree water Tuesday evening by using an air pocket in the boat to breathe, police and U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

One of the two men panicked, however, and fought off rescue divers, who finally cut a hole through the lifeboat to pull him to safety, authorities said.

At least three other crewmen who fell into the river during the accident were rescued by police divers, authorities said.

The crew members were taken to hospitals and treated for hypothermia and minor bruises, police spokeswoman Valerie St. Rose said.

The British-registry ship, Edinburgh Castle, is owned by Lowline Ltd.

David Grimes, Lowline's director, said the ship was engaging in routine testing required by the Coast Guard and British Maritime Safety Agency for the issuance of a passenger certificate.

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