More than 100 passengers evacuated after ferry ran aground in Brooklyn after mechanical problem caused steering to fail
- The FDNY and Coast Guard responded to a ‘water rescue’ after a Seastreak ferry began taking water at Bushwick Inlet Saturday afternoon
- Fire officials said all 125 people on board, including 118 passengers and seven crew members, were safely removed from the ship
- Only one crew member suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital
- Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Anthony Pappaly said the ship created water after hitting rocks and investigators are looking at the ship’s steering.
Firefighters helped evacuate more than 100 people after a ferry ran aground near the shoreline of Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn.
The FDNY and Coast Guard responded to a ‘water rescue’ after a Seastreak ferry began taking water at New York’s Bushwick Inlet on Saturday afternoon. Posted on Twitter.
Fire officials said the first emergency calls for the ferry, which operates routes between New York and New Jersey, were made shortly after 4 p.m.
FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Michael Gala said naval units already in nearby waters could respond within minutes, NBC New York reported.
Gala said all 125 people on board, including 118 passengers and seven crew members, were safely removed from the ship.
The Seastreak Commodore, (pictured) that seats 600 people, ran aground in Brooklyn on Saturday
The FDNY and Coast Guard responded to a ‘water rescue’ after a Seastreak ferry began taking water at Bushwick Inlet Saturday afternoon
All passengers and crew were rescued safely from the ship after FDNY and Coast Guard officials arrived
FDNY firefighters (pictured) quickly arrived on the scene and helped more than 100 people evacuate from the ship that had crashed into rocks after mechanical problems
Gala added that only one crew member suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
Passengers were taken off the ship by FDNY and NYPD boats and taken to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Gala said.
Three small Coast Guard boats were also sent from Staten Island to assist in the rescue.
Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Anthony Pappaly said the ship was launched after hitting rocks, the New York Daily news reported.
Gala said the investigation into the incident is still ongoing, but Coast Guard investigators are looking into the ship’s controls, NBC New York reported.
A passenger aboard the Seastreak ferry described the chaotic experience.
“Suddenly it swerved to the right and ended up in a cove,” the passenger told NBC News. ran aground, the boat was shaking.’
More than 100 passengers were evacuated from the ship by FDNY and Coast Guard officials after it ran aground in Brooklyn on Saturday
Footage taken by onlookers shows passengers being lifted off the ship by FDNY ladders
A fleet of city and coast guard boats helped evacuate more than 100 passengers from the Seastreak ferry that ran aground in Brooklyn
The Seastreak Commodore (pictured) stalled after mechanical problems disrupted the steering wheel
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In a statement, Seastreak said a mechanical problem caused the ferry to lose power and steering.
“Just after 4 p.m. today, while traveling along the East River to E. 35th St. in Manhattan from Highlands, NJ, the Commodore experienced a mechanical problem that caused the ship to lose power and steering,” the statement read. “The ship drifted slowly into Bushwick Inlet on the Brooklyn side of the East River and came to rest along the coast,” the company said.
Footage taken by onlookers shows the ship slowly tipping sideways and passengers being lifted off the ship by FDNY ladders.
The Seastreak Commodore, which can accommodate 600 people, is 50 feet wide and 40 feet long and has three passenger decks, the website said.
Saturday’s crash was not the company’s first.
In 2013, several dozen passengers on a commuter ferry were injured after a ferry near Pier 11, on South Street and Governor Lane, New York Times reported.