NYC ferry crash: Sea Streak Ferry crashes while docking in Manhattan, at least 30 people injured

By on Jan 9, 2013 in Travel, United States Comments

A ferry crashed while docking in Lower Manhattan, New York City today, Wednesday, January 9, 2013, with initial reports saying that at least 30 people were injured. Various US TV networks have been interviewing the passengers, with the members of the New York Fire Department (FDNY) rushing to the scene for the rescue.

Sea Streak Ferry crash

FDNY officials making a rescue on passengers
of Sea Streak Ferry that crashed on NYC pier

Image Credit: NBC News

According to the New York Times, a FDNY spokesman told them that the incident occurred at around 8:45 a.m. ET this Wednesday morning, at Pier 11, at South Street and Gouverneur Lane. The ferry was learned to be owned by Sea Streak Ferry and the cause of the incident is still under investigation.

Meanwhile, James R. Barker, President of Sea Streak Ferry, was quoted telling to NBC News that there were around 300 passengers on the troubled ferry and that many of the injured were thrown away from their seats. Some of the victims were immediately treated on the scene, but others were rushed to the nearest hospitals.

As noted at WABC News Channel 7, which had a live aerial video from the scene of the incident, the troubled Sea Streak Ferry left Highlands, New Jersey at around 8 a.m. (local time), and that the injured could be between 30 and 50 people. At least one of them had a serious head injury, and no casualties reported.

“Hi everyone. I was on the ferry. Flew 10 feet. It was awful. Knee is messed up. Heading to hospital. So many worse. Send prayers.” A ferry passenger named Stephanie Agresta posted on her Facebook page, along with a photo of FDNY members doing the rescue.

Shortly after the incident, the New York Waterway (@ridetheferry) tweeted, “Pier 11 is currently closed. Please check back for updates.” A few minutes later, it was followed by “As per NYCDOT: Pier 11 will remain closed till at least 1pm. They will advise us when it reopens.”

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