Commuter ferry runs aground off New Jersey

The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(NEW YORK) — The Coast Guard is investigating a ferry grounding near Atlantic Highlands, N.J., on Monday morning.

At approximately 7:30 a.m., watch standers at Coast Guard Sector New York Vessel Traffic Service were notified that the 140-foot commuter ferry, with 400 passengers aboard, ran aground 200 yards from the pier in Atlantic Highlands.

All passengers were safely disembarked at the ferry terminal pier.

Sector New York marine investigators and marine inspectors are scheduled to conduct a structural assessment to ensure the integrity of the vessel prior to returning to operations.

No injuries or pollution have been reported.

By Professional Mariner Staff