The U.S. Coast Guard has come to the rescue of boats on the Hudson that were stuck in large sections of the frozen solid river.

The Hudson River is a major shipping route for oil, gas and goods and it must remain open, even during these frigid temperatures. Large sections of the river have iced up, and according to the Times Herald-Record, the Coast Guard has performed a couple of rescues.

The Coast Guard used an ice-breaking vessel to free a tug Tuesday morning that had been stuck in the ice overnight near Kingston. The ice-breaking tug freed another vessel Sunday night near Saugerties.

There have been times when the river was so frozen, you could walk across it, but please don't do this. Needless to say, the frozen Hudson is a very dangerous place to be.

You may have heard that the Newburgh/Beacon Ferry has suspended service because of large chunks of ice on the river.

The New York Sector of the Coast Guard handles thousands of miles of territory. They are the best of the best on the Atlantic Coast and are often seen here in the Mid Hudson Valley. Their website explains just how much they have to patrol.

The main staff is located at historic Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, NY. We execute CG operations from Sandy Hook, NJ, north through the Port of NY/NJ, continuing up the Hudson River to just south of Lake Champlain, and up the East River to the Long Island Sound/Connecticut border.

With a severe cold snap hitting our area this coming weekend, it will be common to see the "cutters" dicing their way through the river for the next few weeks.