15 People Taken to Hospital after Ferry Crash

A Steamship Authority ferry grounded on the rocks of the jetty at the entrance to Hyannis Harbor Friday night.

It was around 9:30 p.m. when the Coast Guard responded to a report of a vessel aground on the jetty.

There were 48 passengers, 6 crew members and 3 food service workers on board at the time of the incident.

A statement released by the Steamship Authority Saturday afternoon indicates 15 people were brought to Cape Cod Hospital for various injuries, though none of them are said to be life-threatening.

The Coast Guard is conducting interviews with the crew and passengers to learn the exact cause of the incident; however rain, high winds and choppy seas may have contributed to the accident.

Steamship Authority General Manager Wayne Lamson tells WXTK the two licensed officers in charge of the vessel are veteran mariners with more than 60 years of experience between them.

The Iyanough arrived at the Steamship Authority docks Saturday morning, then left under its own power to Fairhaven for extensive repairs.

While repairs are being made, the Steamship Authority will use its traditional ferries as well as other vessels it has chartered to minimize schedule disruptions.

Passengers are encouraged to check for any schedule changes and updates at www.steamshipauthority.com

Emergency vehicles on scene at Hyannis Breakwater crash site. (photo by WXTK's John Bondarek)

Emergency vehicles on scene at Hyannis Breakwater crash site. (photo by WXTK's John Bondarek)
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