'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro's Boat Rescued From Layers Of Fog

Rescue crews had to bring the reality TV star's guests and boat to safety.


Buddy Valastro, more commonly known as the Cake Boss to millions of television viewers, may know his way around a bakery blindfolded. He's even been known to make giant boat-shaped cakes for customers at his four Carlo's Bakery locations in New Jersey.

But when it comes to the real thing, Valastro sometimes needs some help. That's what happened when a summer boat trip turned into a search and rescue operation, according to the Associated Press. Valastro was out on a summer's dinner excursion with family and friends on his 32-foot Boston Whaler. The dozen people, including children, were heading back to Jersey City when a heavy fog rolled in.

"All of a sudden - boom! - we were in a really deep fog where you couldn't see anything," he told the Associated Press. They couldn't even see five feet ahead.

The reality of the situation got to Valastro and his passengers, as he told CNN:

"People were scared," Valastro told CNN of the harrowing journey Friday night with his wife, another couple and nine young children. "I didn't know which way to look -- left, right. I couldn't even see in front of me."


An avid fisherman, Valastro tried to use GPS and radar to bring the boat in safely, but he worried that the small boat might not be visible to the other much bigger traffic, so he called for help. The group was in a busy seaway, according to the New York Post.

"The Ambrose Channel is a particularly hazardous area," said fireman Chris Tucker, a seven-year veteran. "It's the main shipping channel and massive shipping boats run through there 24/7, so we had to get this boat out of there and out of harm's way."


According to the CNN report, at one point a larger vessel was headed straight toward the Valastro party, and they had to turn out of the way. Authorities received the emergency call at 9:30 pm. Valastro got the help he needed from both firefighters, who towed the boat to safety, and from New York City police, who took over and brought the craft back to Jersey City.

The Cake Boss posted a picture on Instagram of himself with the NYPD boat in the background and a thank you message:

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


Maybe as a thank you gift he could make a replica of his Boston Whaler for his rescuers. Maybe safely at a dock on a sunny day.

Oh, and as Valastro posted on Twitter after the ordeal was over, "Next time we go out at night need to check the forecast #mywifewantstokillme"

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Craig

Gayle King (Oprah wanna-be) Get out of our lives....you are useless

July 15 2014 at 3:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
maggwheels

I can't watch the show, they all talk so ugly to each other.

July 14 2014 at 11:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KC Clark

a total ahole anyway...................

July 14 2014 at 10:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JIM

Just another ignorant liberal that has to cry when he gets into trouble, which is any time he tries to do something by himself. He then cries for help and waits for others to actually do the work. If you are that ignorant and moronic that you can't actually navigate a boat, then maybe he should stay on shore, or actually pay someone to drive his boat for him, since he obviously does not know how. Typical liberal douch, does not even know how to use the equipment that he has on his own boat.

July 14 2014 at 8:13 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
vhebert941

Where's his Navigational charts? Where's his compass? Where's his GPS?

Where's his safety and boating training? Where's his ears to listen for other ships or boats?

I'm sure there were places to boat that were NOT in the shipping channel.
Yes fog is spooky but it is handleable. And YES why did he go out without checking the weather?

Thank goodness for his wife. Clear thinking prevails.

July 14 2014 at 7:03 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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SEABRAT3

I total agree with you sir.

July 14 2014 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Debra Jean

If you would have read the above article it said he tried to use his GPS.....and where I live fog can come in at the drop of a hat..

July 14 2014 at 8:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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SEABRAT3

FACE IT DEBRA, HE DIDNT KNOW HOW TO TURN IT ON (LOL)

July 14 2014 at 9:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
SEABRAT3

HERE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS IF YOU GO AGROUND YOU PAY HUNDREDS TO GET TOWED OFF, BUT YOU DO DAMAGE YOU PAY THOUSANDS, THIS IDIOT SHOULD BE TAKEN TO COURT AND FINED GOOD FOR HAVING 9 CHILDREN & 3 ADULTS AND ONE IDIOT IN THE SHIPPING CHANNEL TO THE BATTERY IN NEW YOURK HARBOR. SOMETIMES THAT CHANNEL IS LIKE I-95 AT RUSH OUR. IT BAD ENOUGH WHEN ITS CLEAR BUT FOG IS DEATH IF YOU HAVENT GOT RADAR. GPS DOESNT SHOW A SHIP COMING DOWN ON YOU.

July 14 2014 at 6:48 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
directquoteprint

LOL! IT'S FREE ADVERTISING, he knew what he was doing

July 14 2014 at 6:06 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
rwdrakepi

When I read the headline I assumed that he had made a wrong turn and found himself in Chicago.

July 14 2014 at 6:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
yayabeanes

WHAT... NO RICE KRISPIES TO FLOAT AWAY ON

July 14 2014 at 5:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
kmgould

Radar and GPS are extremely valuable navigational tools. The problem lies in the fact that many boat operators do not know how to use them properly. I've come in several times safely during heavy fog by monitoring my radar and GPS.

I think the cake boss needs to become more familiar with his navigational tools and take a boating course. He did the right thing by calling for help in order to prevent a disaster

July 14 2014 at 4:03 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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