Coast Guard, local agencies respond to ferry aground in Jamaica Bay, N.Y.

Coast Guard Station New York 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier)

Coast Guard Station New York 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier)

NEW YORK – Coast Guard and partner agency crews are responding to a passenger vessel aground with 18 people aboard near Wind Hole Point, Jamaica Bay, New York, Thursday afternoon.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York command center received reports from the crew that the passenger vessel, Yogi Berra, became stuck on a sandbar while operating near Wind Hole Point, Jamaica Bay, at approximately 2:45 p.m.

Sector New York issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched two boatcrews from Coast Guard Station New York, along with a marine inspector and investigating officer to asses any damage to the vessel.

Station New York boatcrews arrived on scene along with New York City Fire Department and New York City Police Department marine units.

The Coast Guard confirmed there were no reports of any injuries or pollution as a result of this grounding.

The passenger vessel refloated and was escorted back to Manhattan, where all passengers were safely disembarked.

The Coast Guard marine inspector will conduct a thorough assessment of the vessel’s condition before it can resume passenger operations.

“We appreciate the steadfast assistance from our partners at NYPD and FDNY,” said Cmdr. Richard Sansone, command center chief, Sector New York.

The Coast Guard is currently investigating the cause of the grounding.

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