SeaStreak Ferry Runs Aground in Brooklyn


About 100 passengers were evacuated after a ferry ran aground near the shoreline of Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon, police and fire officials said.

Reports began surfacing around 4:15 p.m. that the boat had run into trouble near the park in the Williamsburg neighborhood and was taking on water, the police said.

No passengers went into the water, officials said, and it was unclear if any were injured.

It was not immediately clear what led to the crash.

Images on social media show the boat tipping slightly to the side and emergency responders removing passengers from the vessel. Officials said all of the passengers had been removed.

The ferry company, Seastreak, provides daily service between Atlantic Highlands and Highlands in New Jersey and areas of New York City, including Lower Manhattan.

The company did not immediately return a request for comment on Saturday.

Some of the passengers were evacuated to Brooklyn Navy Yard, the police said.

Ian Christner of the Bronx was traveling with his wife and two children. He said as the ferry passed beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, it began to drift to the Brooklyn side.

Crew members instructed the passengers to all be seated, Mr. Christner said, and soon after he could feel the ferry running aground.

The crash on Saturday was less severe than another Seastreak crash in 2013. Several dozen passengers on a commuter ferry were injured after a ferry struck near Pier 11, at South Street and Gouverneur Lane.

Kristen Bayrakdarian, Becca Foley and Ian Trontz contributed reporting.



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