Passengers transferred after ferry grounds off New Jersey


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

(NEW YORK) — Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook oversaw the safe transfer of 95 passengers from a grounded ferry, Whaling City Express, on Thursday near Highlands, N.J.

At approximately 11:15 p.m., watch standers at Sector New York Command Center were notified that a Seastreak Ferry with 95 passengers aboard ran aground 200 yards from the pier in Highlands, N.J.

Sector New York watch standers launched a Coast Guard rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook.

The station rescue crew arrived on scene and oversaw the safe transfer of passengers from Whaling City Express to the ferry New Jersey.

During the transfer Whaling City Express refloated and the station rescue crew escorted both ferries to the pier.

Sector New York marine investigators are scheduled to conduct an investigation to ensure the integrity of the vessel prior to the vessel operating again.

No injuries or pollution have been reported.

By Professional Mariner Staff