Captain, pilot placed on leave after Mass. ferry grounding

(HYANNIS, Mass.) — The wheelhouse crew of a high-speed ferry that struck a jetty off Hyannis, Mass., last week have been removed from duty.  

The Steamship Authority, which operates the catamaran ferry Iyanough, did not identify the mariners but said they have more than 60 years of combined experience.

“While the investigation is ongoing, the Steamship Authority has placed both the captain and pilot, who were in the wheelhouse at the time of the accident, on administrative leave,” the company said Wednesday in a news release.

The captain and pilot tested negative for alcohol after the accident, and drug test results are pending.

Iyanough ran into a breakwater that extends from land near the Kennedy Compound at about 2130 on June 16. The vessel was more than 1,000 feet off its normal route at the time of the accident, which occurred during stormy weather.

There were 57 passengers staff and crew on board, and 15 people were transported to a local hospital for treatment. By Wednesday, all injured passengers and crew had been treated and released, the Steamship Authority said. 

The Coast Guard is investigating the accident, and the Steamship Authority is conducting a separate review. The cause has not been determined.

By Professional Mariner Staff