Coast Guard responds to ferry aground near Manhattan

Coast Guard Station New York 25-Foot Response Boat-Small file photo

Coast Guard Station New York 25-Foot Response Boat-Small file photo

NEW YORK – Coast Guard crews responded to a ferry aground near the Financial District in New York City, Monday evening.

The New York City Ferry, the Zelinsky, became stuck after departing Pier 11 along the East River at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The ferry was en route to the Rockaways area of Queens when it reportedly became stuck near the pier.

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New York arrived on scene as New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and New York City Police Department (NYPD) marine units evacuated all 113 passengers safely and placed them aboard one of their rescue boats.

There are no reports of any injuries or pollution at this time.

Pumps are currently being used to dewater the ferry as divers inspect the hull.

Coast Guard personnel are on scene coordinating safe removal of the vessel. The Coast Guard is also investigating the cause of the grounding.

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