The Coast Guard teamed-up with local responders late Friday and early Saturday to rescue 55 people stranded aboard a high-speed ferry that hit a jetty while entering Hyannis Harbor. According to local sources, by 0130 LT June 17 all passengers were evacuated, including 10 airlifted by helicopter, the rest were went to a tug.
The high-speed ferry operates between Nantucket and Hyannis.
Officials have increased the count of passengers injured in a Friday night ferry accident off the coast of Cape Cod to 13.
By 3:30 a.m. the Coast Guard reported all passengers had been evacuated, while crew members remained on board to maintain the ferry.
The ferry is operated by the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority, connecting the MA islands with the mainland.
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The Coast Guard will work with the Steamship Authority to assess damage to the Iyanough, and to ensure safe navigation in the area.
Ouellete said he believes some passengers sustained concussions, while others appeared to have hit their heads, received abrasions and at least one had fallen down a set of stairs when the ferry ran aground. It can hold up to 400 people.
Melanson says winds and four to five foot seas hampered efforts to remove the 57 people aboard the ferry Iyanough.
Rescue boats and crews were sent to the scene of the crash from Coast Guard Stations Woods Hole, Chatham, and Brant Point.
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