Coast Guard responds to ferry aground in Boston Harbor

Coast Guard Station Point Allerton crew members respond during the grounding of the ferry Lightening in Boston Harbor, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. The cause of the incident is under investigation. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Point Allerton).

Coast Guard Station Point Allerton crew members respond during the grounding of the ferry Lightening in Boston Harbor, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Point Allerton).

BOSTON — Coast Guard, state, and local rescue crews responded to an aground ferry Friday off Long Island in Boston Harbor.

At approximately 7:45 a.m., J.P. Vega, operations manager for Boston Harbor Cruises, called Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders to report the ferry Lightening ran aground with 84 people aboard.

Coast Guard Station Boston and Coast Guard Station Point Allerton rescue crews launched, along with state and local partner agencies.


Four people were injured and brought to Black Falcon Cruise Terminal to awaiting emergency medical services. They were transported to various hospitals in Boston.

The ferry Lightening got underway under its own power to dock in Charlestown.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.


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