The NYPD says the ferry that ran aground in the East River Monday struck a pylon that was under the water. The collision left two holes in the hull of the boat, causing water to leak onto the vessel, cops said.
For 90 minutes, the passengers followed evacuation orders with life jackets in tow as the NYPD and FDNY worked to get everyone to safety. (L.E. Miller) Passengers are rescued from the MV Zelinsky, a New York City ferry, which ran aground shortly after departing Pier 11 in the East River at Wall Street on November 27, 2017. "He tried to tilt the boat around, move it, but there was just no way".
Police and fire rescue units responded to the scene and rescued the at least 120 people on board.
"It was wonderful", Mahoney said.
Ferry operator Hornblower told the Coast Guard it immediately took both boats out of service, along with a third vessel identified only by hull number H106, which Conroy said was sidelined "as a precaution".
"We're alive and well and dry", one passenger said.
All of the vessels were manufactured by Metal Shark Boats of Jeanerette, La., which sources have said also built the three other boats now undergoing repairs in Nyack and at Yank Marine in Tuckahoe, NJ.
NYC Ferry service on the East River is operating on a normal schedule Tuesday.