NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A ferry ran aground in Brooklyn on Saturday, resulting in the evacuation of more than 100 passengers.
A ferry stopped at Bushwick Inlet after it ran aground and refueled. It was a sight that surprised many people standing along the fence to video and witness it with their own eyes, like cyclist Andrew Littlefield.
“Notice the ferry is, like, leaning on the water. I thought it might be an old boat or something that was wrecked, then I saw police and helicopters all around, and you and I thought, ‘That’s not normal,’ he said.
Ferry operator Seastreak said just after 4 p.m., while traveling along the East River from New Jersey to 34th Street in Manhattan, the Commodore had a mechanical problem that caused the 150-foot vessel to lose power and lose control.
Then it slowly drifted in and came to rest along the shore at Greenpoint.
Jonathan Winawer boarded the ferry, headed back from the beach to Manhattan with his family.
He told CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis: “Being with a 1-year-old and you don’t know what’s going on and he starts to roll over, it’s scary.” “The only announcement was ‘Please sit down.’ Like nothing is wrong, sit down, and it makes you think that something is really wrong. “
He said they didn’t know what was going on but were given life jackets, including one for his daughter, Yoomi.
“It’s tilted. That’s obvious, and they say at some point, everybody go to the right side of the boat,” Winawer said.
“Our units from multiple agencies arrived in less than four minutes. We have the fire brigade nearby and the police ships that were in the water due to the jet ski incident not far from the river,” said FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Michael Gala.
“To get people off the boat, the fire department, they have these cups or cherry pickers… We had a baby so my wife and baby got in first and I watched them and they went up and around and around. and almost crashed into a tree. ,” said Winawer.
The FDNY said 125 people were on board, including seven crew members. The NYPD Special Ops posted images on Twitter showing the safe evacuation.
#Going on #NYPD Port & @FDNY safely evacuate more than 100 passengers and crew from a ferry that ran aground in the neighborhood of Bushwick Inlet in Brooklyn. No injuries have been reported at this time. pic.twitter.com/PfnkmEdOxz
– NYPD Special Activity (@NYPDSpecialops) June 5, 2021
“Everyone has calmed down. No one likes being… sandboarding and running aground, but they are very calm. No one panics,” Gala said.
Seastreak said that before the ship ran aground, the captain and crew warned passengers to sit down and hold on tight, so no one was hurt, but Winawer said communication could have been better.
“It is important for the crew to keep everyone informed. The only reason people are worried is that they don’t know what’s going on,” he said.
It was Yoomi’s first ferry ride, and although she might not remember it, it’s a trip her parents won’t forget.
The Coast Guard said it is working with Seastreak to investigate and inspect the ship to hopefully prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
One crew member was taken to hospital with heat exhaustion.