US Coast Guard responding after ferry hits jetty


A ferry coming from Nantucket has reportedly hit a jetty near Hyannis.

Videos posted to social media last night showed dozens of rattled passengers wearing life vests waiting to be rescued as members of the Coast Guard walked through the boat.

Hyannis Fire Captain Bill Rex said the victims were transported to Cape Cod Hospital after the high-speed ferry operated by the Steamship Authority ran into a Hyannis Harbor jetty at about 9:30 p.m. Friday.

There are now no reports on whether there are any injuries. Rescue procedure is ongoing at the moment and emergency crews are trying to airlift the passengers as the ferry continues to be filled with water, local news outlet, Cape Cod reported.

According to Daily Journal, it is managed by Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority.

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Response boat crews from Coast Guard Stations Woods Hole, Chatham, and Brant Point are transferring the remaining passengers and crew to safety.

Although the ferry Iyanough can hold up to 400 people, it was only carrying 48 passengers at the time the incident occurred.

The Coast Guard said that at least four people were injured, but the Steamship Authority General Manager Wayne Lamson said Saturday morning that he was aware of at least nine injuries.

Authorities say a total of 18 people were injured after a high-speed ferry struck a jetty in Hyannisport, Massachusetts, and began taking on water. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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