Authorities: 18 Injured After Ferry Crashes into Jetty in Massachusetts

Multiple Coast Guard assets are responding to reports of a ferry hitting a jetty in MA on Friday night. The SSA is accommodating passengers on its traditional ferries to and from Nantucket.

The Coast Guard teamed-up with local responders late Friday and early Saturday to rescue 55 people stranded aboard a high-speed ferry that hit a jetty while entering Hyannis Harbor.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevacd five injured passengers and airlifted 10 uninjured people who were unable to navigate the jetty's rocks to get aboard the response boats.

Passengers reach safety after a ferry hit a jetty in MA. Matt Baker said in a statement that rough seas, strong winds and slippery rocks impeded the rescue efforts, but all passengers were taken to safety.

A Cape Code hospital spokeswoman said the injured had been treated and released by noon Saturday.

The ferry's captain, the engineer, and Coast Guard marine inspectors remained aboard the Iyanough into the night. Jeannot Smith, Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England's deputy commander.

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

Last year, a Steamship Authority freight ferry collided with another ferry docked in Woods Hole when its engine stalled.

Lamson said the damage would be assessed, and the Steamship Authority might have to lease another vessel to restore the Nantucket service.

Vanessa Coleman

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