Coast Guard Responds to Ferry Collision

├é┬áBOSTON – The Coast Guard along with other local authorities responded to a collision between the commuter ferries Massachusetts and Laura in Boston Harbor about one mile from Long Island Bridge today, 7:30 a.m. There are no reports of serious injuries.

Massachusetts, with 151 people aboard, was inbound to Rowes Wharf from Hingham, Mass., and Laura, a 101-foot vessel with four people aboard, was outbound from Boston Harbor. Coast Guard Station Boston launched two 25-foot rescue boats which arrived on scene within minutes of the collision.

Massachusetts safely returned to Rowes Wharf and Laura safely returned to Marine Pier I in Charlestown, Mass.

Both vessels suffered damage above the water line, and did not take on any water. The Coast Guard requested ambulances to meet Massachusetts at the pier as a precaution.

Paula Marcangelo, an employee at the First Coast Guard District and crew-trained Coast Guard Auxiliarist, was commuting to work aboard Massachusetts and assisted fellow commuters by handing out life jackets.

“After the collision, everyone was in shock,” Marcangelo said. “I immediately identified myself and Commander Thomas Miller as Coast Guard personnel and opened up the seats to get the life jackets. I began handing them out and asked everyone to put them on. I am very thankful there were no serious injuries and we got to the pier safely.”

Coast Guard Sector Boston is investigating the cause of the collision.

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