Coast Guard investigating passenger ferry and sailing vessel collision

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico − Marine investigators from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Saint Thomas are investigating the cause of a collision between the passenger ferry Capitol Venture and the commercial sailing vessel New Horizons, which occurred approximately half a nautical mile east of the Red Hook Channel entrance in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The incident was reported to the Coast Guard by the crew of each vessel at approximately 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Following the collision, the Capitol Venture, carrying 176 passengers and five crew, continued to make way to the Red Hook ferry terminal, while the New Horizons, with 24 persons and four crewmembers onboard, proceeded to Sapphire Marina, where they were met by Coast Guard marine investigators.

At this time no major injuries have been reported to the Coast Guard from the passengers traveling onboard the ferry, while a minor toe injury was reported from one of the persons aboard the sailing vessel that was treated by Emergency Medical Service personnel in Saint Thomas.

Coast Guard marine investigators are in the process of conducting damage assessments of each vessel. No signs of pollution were detected from either vessel following the collision.

The crew of a Coast Guard Boat Forces 29-foot Response Boat Small II also responded to the incident and supported the investigation efforts upon confirming that all passengers and crew were accounted for.

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