Passengers evacuated after NYC ferry grounds

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

(NEW YORK) — Coast Guard crews responded to a ferry aground near the Financial District in New York City on Monday evening.

The New York City ferry Zelinsky became stuck after departing Pier 11 along the East River at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The ferry was en route to the Rockaways area of Queens when it reportedly became stuck near the pier.

A boat crew from Station New York arrived on scene as New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and New York City Police Department (NYPD) marine units evacuated all 113 passengers safely and placed them aboard one of their rescue boats.

There were no reports of any injuries or pollution.

Pumps were being used to dewater the ferry as divers inspect the hull.

Coast Guard personnel coordinated safe removal of the vessel. The Coast Guard is also investigating the cause of the grounding.

By Professional Mariner Staff