US Coast Guard, partners respond to ferry grounding off Brooklyn, New York

Seastreak Commodore (Photo: Seastreak Ferries)
Seastreak Commodore (Photo: Seastreak Ferries)

Personnel from the US Coast Guard, the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) responded to a ferry grounding incident in Bushwick Inlet in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday, June 5.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York command centre received a report that the 150-foot (45-metre) Seastreak Commodore ran aground and was taking on water in Bushwick Inlet at approximately 16:17 local time on Saturday.

Three boatcrews from Coast Guard Station New York were launched and began rescue efforts with FDNY and NYPD crews. The NYPD and FDNY safely evacuated all 118 passengers and seven crewmembers from the ferry, and Coast Guard Station New York personnel later went aboard the vessel with FDNY members to conduct dewatering operations.

The coast guard is on-scene investigating the cause of the grounding.

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