(NY DAILY NEWS) – An NYC Ferry got caught on a sandbar made of construction soot and old pylons off Wall St. on Monday evening, stranding scores of passengers and rupturing the boat’s hull, police said.
The ferry ran aground with 114 passengers, six crew members and a pup aboard, just 100 feet from Pier 11 around 5:15 p.m., according to authorities. No one was hurt.
The embarrassing incident was another setback for the ferry service, which on Monday sent three more boats to join a trio of ferries already sidelined for repairs, officials said.
Riders said they called 911 after the Rockaways-bound boat tried, unsuccessfully, to clear the pier for several minutes.
“It started trembling and a little bit after that the captain said we are stuck in the mud,” said Luke Miszczuk, 31, of the Rockaways. “He really tried to gear it up and move the boat but it wasn’t going to move. There was a little bit of a smell of gas.”
De Blasio has heavily promoted the NYC Ferry service, and ridership hit 1 million three months later, but the crowds have led to long lines.
The service runs routes in the Rockaways, South Brooklyn and the East River and expanded to include an Astoria, Queens, ferry in August.
The Coast Guard was investigating what caused the boat to run aground Monday. As part of the inquiry, the captain and crew are also being interviewed and will be tested for drugs and alcohol.