The U.S. Coast guard along with NYPD and New York City Fire Department carried out a successful rescue operation of 118 passengers and 7 crew members after the Seastreak ferry Commodore ran aground near Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn on Saturday evening.
According to an official statement by FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Michael Gala, “There were no injuries except for one member of the crew who has been removed to NYU hospital.”
The emergency departments rushed to the scene after getting a report of the incident at 16:17 hours. On arrival NYPD and FDNY staff evacuated the stranded passengers whereas the U.S. Coast guard personnel of three boat crews ran a successful dewatering protocol salvaging the ferry.
The accident is believed to occur due to loss of engine power and steering abilities after the boat encountered a mechanical problem when it was traveling to East street in Manhattan from Highlands in New Jersey, according to the statement issued by company Seastreak, owner of the ferry on their website.
The ferry drifted onto the shoreline of Bushwick Inlet Park in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn after encountering the problem. According to the company, Seastreak the Captain alerted the passengers of the emergency and were asked to remain calm. Several of them were provided with life jackets.
As soon as the ferry ran aground it started to tip according to Ms. Shiller, a passenger onboard. The crew assisted the passengers to counteract the tip but within a few moments, the boat started taking on water, but fortunately by that time the emergency services had arrived, and all were safely evacuated.
According to officials professional salvors have been contracted to tow the ferry and the personnel of all the teams is to be present on site until necessary. Further investigations by the U.S. Coast Guard and Seastreak into the incident are to follow.
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