Authorities: 18 injured after Hyannis ferry crashes into jetty

  • Authorities: 18 injured after Hyannis ferry crashes into jetty

Authorities: 18 injured after Hyannis ferry crashes into jetty

By 3:30 a.m. the Coast Guard reported all passengers had been evacuated, while crew members remained on board to maintain the ferry.

In an accident that passengers likened to a auto crash, a high speed ferry coming from Nantucket island into Hyannisport, Mass., struck a harbor breakwater Friday night, injuring at least 13, Coast Guard officials said.

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In addition to the fire boats and land-based crews Kenney said Hyannis authorities dispatched to the scene, the U.S. Coast Guard sent multiple units from stations in Nantucket, Chatham and Woods Hole to assist after the vessel issued a mayday call. There were 48 passengers, six crew members and three food service workers on board, according to the authority.

A Cape Code hospital spokeswoman said the injured had been treated and released by noon Saturday.

The Coast Guard Sector Southeastern, New England, was notified of the incident around 10 p.m. EDT. Matt Baker said in a statement that rough seas, strong winds and slippery rocks impeded the rescue efforts, but all passengers were taken to safety.

Last year, a Steamship Authority freight ferry collided with another ferry docked in Woods Hole when its engine stalled.

Steamship Authority general manager Wayne Lamson says it's not completely clear how the crash happened.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard Northeast's Twitter account, they received reports that a high-speed ferry hit a jetty near Hyannis.