“Party Boat” Dumps a Pile of Human Waste Into Brooklyn Basin
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — July 24, 2018
Workers servicing a “party yacht” known also as two-level Avalon allegedly dumped 500 gallons of human waste into the Brooklyn basin.
It happened around 1 a.m., fouling the waters of the Buttermilk Channel, police said. 500 gallons is equal more than 300 flushes of a toilet that meets federal standards — or enough fetid slop to fill 2 ¹/₂ hot tubs.
According to the Boat US Foundation, it’s illegal to discharge untreated sewage in inland waters or within three miles of shore.
Local residents were outraged by the vile incident.
"Red Hook is big on fish, and what do you think the fish will do if they see waste in the area? Attempt to eat it. Then we get sick from the poisoned fish," said Red Hook resident Kathleen Murphy, 31.
Another Red Hook resident, Brian McGinn, 23 requested to feed the owner some of what they’re dumping and see how that changes things. He believes this would be an appropriate punishment.
Officials with both the US Coast Guard and the state Department of Environmental Conservation responded to Sunday’s accident, the NYPD said.
Avalon can carry 200 passengers and has a sun deck with “faux grass,” along with "a large dance floor" under a tent with “clear plastic sides that can be rolled up or down in the event of inclement weather,” according to the Web site for Marco Polo Cruises.
The company president David Hackert s that his firm “does not own or operate the boat” and “had nothing to do with the incident.”