Passengers Rescued After Ferry Gets Stuck In Sand In Coney Island Channel

CBS 2 - December 28, 2017

by CBS Local

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — First responders rescued passengers two by two Wednesday night after a ferry got stuck in the sand in the Coney Island Channel.

The FDNY said 27 people were on the ferry headed from the Rockaway Terminal to Wall Street, when it ran up against a sand dune in the channel — located between Coney Island, Brooklyn and the Rockaways in Queens. Fire crews were called to the scene at 6:07 p.m.

Rescues were under way as late in the 8 p.m. hour. FDNY officials told CBS2’s Ali Bauman that a large rescue boat was set up next to the ferry and it will have to bring all 27 passengers ashore. But they first had to move everyone from the ferry over to a rescue boat from a small raft, which could only hold about six people at a time.

It was expected to be at least an hour before everyone boarded the rescue boat.

A passenger said via Facebook that passengers were being taken off the ferry two by two, and were being given snacks and drinks. Power on the ferry went in and out as the rescues took place.

As of 8:50 p.m., six of the 27 people had been taken off, including a child. There were also reports of at least one elderly person on the boat.

No injuries were reported.