Mechanical problem blamed for the grounding of the ferry; Ship towed out of Brooklyn Inlet – NBC New York
The passenger ferry that ran aground in New York on Saturday was pulled from the cove where it was stranded for nearly 12 hours due to a mechanical problem.
The Seastreak ferry ran aground in the late afternoon with 125 people on board, a count determined by the FDNY on Saturday following a full evacuation of the ship. The company issued a statement hours after the boat made landfall indicating that a mechanical problem caused the ferry to lose power and steering.
The Commodore was crossing the East River from New Jersey at a terminal on the east side of Manhattan when it swerved to the shore near Bushwick Inlet Park. At around 3 a.m., the ferry floated again and was heading for the return trip later that afternoon, Seastreak said on Sunday.
“Once in dry dock at the shipyard, Seastreak will work with its regulator, the USCG, to determine the root cause of the failure. We will not know the extent of the damage or the duration of repairs until the vessel has been removed from the water and fully guarded, ”the company statement said.
The first distress calls were made at 4:13 p.m., FDNY deputy chief Michael Gala said marine units already in nearby waters were able to respond within minutes.
Gala said the 125 people on board, 118 passengers and seven crew members, had been safely removed from the ship. A crew member sustained minor injuries and was taken to a city hospital.
“Suddenly he swerved to the right and entered a creek,” one of the passengers told NBC New York. “The crew was telling us ‘sit down, sit down’, shouting ‘sit down, sit down’. We felt it run aground, the boat was shaking.”
Response agencies also had to do quick work to deal with the ferry, which was taking on water. Two hours after the ferry initially ran aground, Gala said the crews were “winning the battle” to dry out the ship and once that was done a rescue company would step in to determine the safest way to remove the ship. The ferry.
The Seastreak ferry operates a route between New Jersey and New York City that crosses the East River to a ferry terminal at East 35th Street – the same route the ferry took before it collided with the Brooklyn shore.
Seastreak said a second ferry left after Commodore’s cancellation, but service would continue for the rest of the day.