High Speed SSA Ferry Runs Aground in Hyannis

Barsaba Taglieri
Giugno 18, 2017

Matt Baker, the chief of incident management at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England.

In an accident that passengers likened to a vehicle crash, a high speed ferry coming from Nantucket island into Hyannisport, Mass., struck a harbor breakwater Friday night, injuring at least 13, Coast Guard officials said.

There are now no reports on whether there are any injuries.

The ferry is operated by the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority, connecting the MA islands with the mainland.

The all-aluminum catamaran, which was also carrying nine crew members, was wrapping up the one-hour, 26-mile trip from Nantucket when it slammed into the jetty, leaving the disabled ferry lodged on the rocks and taking on water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard responded with its HH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod, and boat crews from stations Woods Hole, Chatham, and Brant Point.

"Our concerns, first and foremost, are the safety and well-being of our passengers, and we deeply appreciate the efforts of all who guided them safely to shore".

After hitting the jetty, the ferry was grounded on the rocks and the response boats were sent to assist with the evacuation of passengers.

Officials have increased the count of passengers injured in a Friday night ferry accident off the coast of Cape Cod to 13.

In the morning light six people, including the ferry's captain, engineer, and Coast Guard marine inspectors were on aboard the Iyanough.

Of the 48 people aboard, the Coast Guard said there were four reported injuries.

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