Ferry runs aground in Massachusetts harbor

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

(BOSTON) (Aug. 27) — The Coast Guard is monitoring a ferry that ran aground in Lynn Harbor, Mass., at 8:20 p.m. today.

When the ferry Cetacea ran aground about a quarter of a mile from the pier, Coast Guard crews from Station Point Allerton launched a rescue crew aboard a 47-foot motor lifeboat to provide a safety zone and stand by to assist if the situation deteriorated.

High tide is predicted to be at 1 a.m. The Cetacea, with 13 passengers and four crew aboard, is expected to refloat on the incoming tide.

"We to want to make sure the passengers, crew, and vessel are all safe," said Petty Officer 1st Class Paul Brancaleoni, the operations unit controller at the 1st Coast Guard District Command Center in Boston. "We'll stay on scene and monitor it closely to ensure they are."

By Professional Mariner Staff