The Steamship Authority received the results from the U.S. Coast Guard-approved testing facility of drug tests taken by the captain and pilot of the Authority’s high speed ferry M/V Iyanough, following the accident last Friday when the ferry struck the breakwater as it entered Hyannis harbor.
Drug tests were negative for both the captain and the pilot, who were in the wheelhouse at the time of the incident; as previously reported, alcohol test results also came back negative.
The captain and the pilot remain on paid administrative leave.
The U.S. Coast Guard investigation continues into the circumstances and cause of the grounding; further updates are expected once the investigation concludes.
The M/V Iyanough is expected to be out of service for 3-to-4 weeks while undergoing repairs.
In the meantime, the Steamship Authority has chartered a vessel to operate a modified high speed ferry schedule for Nantucket.