Skip to comments.New York Ferry Crash: Up To 50 Injured
Posted on 01/09/2013 7:50:33 AM PST by Sub-Driver
New York Ferry Crash: Up To 50 Injured
3:30pm UK, Wednesday 09 January 2013
A commuter ferry has crashed into the dockside in Lower Manhattan in New York, injuring between 30 and 50 people.
The Sea Streak Ferry, which provides daily services from Atlantic Highlands in New Jersey struck Pier 11 in the East River not far from Wall Street at about 8.45am ET (1.45pm GMT).
Officials say at least one of the passengers was in a critical condition with head injuries.
The vessel apparently had a hard landing as it was trying to dock.
"There was a jolt when that occurred, throwing the people forward into their seats and the walls," Sea Streak President James Barker told NBC 4 New York.
Passenger Ellen Foran said people tumbled on top of each other, hysterical and crying.
"All of a sudden, the boat felt like it smashed into a wall," Richard Correra told WCBS-TV.
"Dozens of passengers got thrown out of their seats, got thrown forward," he said.
"Some were heading downstairs and just flew down the stairs and hit their heads on various poles and walls."
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We need to push for a law banning ferries. This is completely unacceptable...except in Hollywood and the W.H.
Amen. This cannot be allowed in Bloomberg’s Utopia.
Yeah, I’ll bet the captain was eating Ding Dongs with a 30-ounce Coke when he wrecked the vessel...
I’m with you.
There’s two kinds of people - those who like to see citizens killed and maimed on ferries - and those who want to keep the world safe by outlawing ferries..
Ban ferries now. (Oh and same for killer cars, buses, and trains...)
shouldn’t allow ferries that carry more than 15 people
I'll bet you're right. Ban all ding dongs and soft drinks...
Maybe he was making a one handed docking maneuver for his friend(?) and lost his joystick?
Warning: Traffic jam of limos as lawyers rush to scene to find and make victims. If you were on the ferry period, you are a victim and will live big from now on.
Per live report, 2 critically injured.
Normal weather/water conditions.
All ferries are being diverted, at present.
Per another report, ferry may have hit some ‘stationary’ obstruction in/under the water. [speculative, of course]
57 hurt, per ABC7
I think we should ban New York City. Too many of these kinds of accidents happen there.
How many assualt rifles were involved? Were any hi-cqap mags located at the scene? Was the boat the SS Bushmaster?
NTSB sending investigators.
Gov Christie and Prez Obama have issued a joint release that they will have a hug-photo-op later today. Mayor Bloomberg issued an irrate statement decrying the hug-photo-of, as he was not invited. “It happened in New York! I should have been invited. I, New Yorkers, need a hug, too,” he cried.
This is MUCH more dangerous than a Big Gulp soda. Mayor “Jack-F***ing-Crazy” Bloomberg, get right on this!
Nobody NEEDs a ferry. They have no legitimate hunting purpose.
TV Report says that ferries are NOT equipped with black boxes, so we may never know exactly what happened.
We need Congressional action NOW! All floatation vehicles MUST be equipped with black boxes IMMEDIATELY.
Senator Feinstein, PICK UP YOUR PHONE!
Why wasn’t everybody wearing their seat belts? How come the airbags didn’t deploy?
I think the ferries are ok, we need to get to the root cause and ban docks.
“We need Congressional action NOW! All floatation vehicles MUST be equipped with black boxes IMMEDIATELY.”
If it’s not one thing then it’s another thing with these DemoQuacks. They’re perpetually pounding the table, beating their breasts, gnashing their teeth over one thing or another. It’s always high drama and crisis mode for Dems. I bet most of them are sucking down anti-depressants and psychotropics in order to deal with their elevated stress levels as they helicopter in from crisis-to-crisis. What a drag for them (and us when we get hit with another 1,000 pages of laws and regs as they respond to each crisis).
You forgot lighting a cigarette, putting on mascara (Hey, it’s New York), & changing the station on the radio.
I like ferries. As long as they’re short & I’m not the first car.
They should limit ferries to 10 seats....to avoid mass casualties.
Or for stricter fairy regulation in the least. After all, “we have to do something!” And we have to do it immediately so that this tragedy doesn’t lose momentum. Think of all those poor docks. It’s for the docks. Never let a fairy crises go to waste. How many more fairies have to suffer before America wakes up and puts and end to it? (Now we’re just being bad aren’t we?)
Share the lead.
What if you had jumped up just as the boat impacted the dock? Would you feel it?
Chinese or Russian sub?
Well, it’s clear from the photos that there were no unusual seas and no high wind. The ferry looks like one of those double hulled planing boats. They are fast and efficient going forward at full speed, but hard to maneuver.
Still, sounds like a screw-up of some kind. The helmsman must have done something wrong. Got a bit off course and decided not to back off and try all over again, or something like that.
I just checked the map. It looks like that ferry was doing runs of about 20 miles each way to and from the Jersey Highlands. There are similar boats in Milwaukee, WI that cross Lake Michigan to Muskegon, MI in about 2.5 hr. for the 78 mi. run. Such boats really move, often at over 30 mph. Taking the Jersey ferry would be a good way to avoid the hassels of surface travel. I bet it’s a bit pricey.
And the ferry companies can, no doubt, not afford black boxes, so there will have to be millions in federal grants to allow for the equipment to be available and installed. And not just on ferries.... as you said, ALL floatation vessels need this immediately.
That said, prayers for anyone hurt in this accident.
Sometimes we do need to do something:
It depends. Galileo had the answer, of course. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galilean_relativity
Time to BAN Ferry’s (of all kinds!).
Put Biden on this right away! We need commissions, etc!
It depends. Galileo had the answer, of course. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galilean_relativity"
Would it matter if you were holding a feather at the same time you jumped?
I enjoy watching the old black and white movies, and especially the silent ones - not for the stories so much but for the background scenery which was taken for granted back then (ads, prices of goods, long-gone buildings, sail ships, etc.)
I remember laughing at loud at a city scene when a Model T knocks a pedestrian down. The guy gets up, shakes his fist at the driver, and walks off. I thought that nowadays, a scene like you describe would occur over the same accident.
15 is too many!
Ferries should have only 8 fixed, non living, non injurable passengers, and “passenger buttons” that allow the addition of passengers should be banned.
Daedalus had the answer to that question:
They are presently checking to see if any of the crew are members of the NRA.
Sea Streak is pretty good. I took it one year when I worked in the city. Expensive as heck, but a relaxing ride.
If the helmsman is a young person, my guess is texting is to blame. If the person was a senior citizen, could be they hit forward throttle rather than reverse.
I had an apartment down on the battery for several years, and you could see those high-speed ferries zipping up the bay. Yes, they’re really fast and convenient, but they don’t maneuver well when they come down off a plane. Probably this guy was running a few minutes late, made a bad approach, and decided to gun it around into the dock rather than back off and try again—which would annoy the passengers and be an admission of error.
So he made a much bigger error. That’s my guess.
50 new millionaires.
Dodging swimmers no doubt.
What, refugees excaping NY city?
That’d make a great movie! (snicker)
If they won’t ban ferries, then it’s mandatory seatbelts and crash helmets for all passengers.
How many more fairies have to suffer before America wakes up and puts and end to it?
It’s a hate crime to make them suffer. That’s why they are now allowed in the military. /sarc on fairies
Did I say fairies? Ooooppppps. My bad. LOL!
Nah, getting exercise. It's good for your back. Makes your mattress stink though.
You are correct. Very fast and you pay for it dearly. This was retrofit with props instead of jets and shaved off a few knots in order to lessen its carbon footprint. It was also detested by the crew for its lack of maneuverability. That landing is in very heavy east river current with massive traffic especially at that hour. Thanks Obama, Bloomberg and your minions. You really do own this one.
Do you know what the price is? I took the Milwaukee-Muskegon ferry several years ago when I was in Milwuauke for an NRA convention just to see what it was like. It’s a vest pocket ocean cruise where you’re out of sight of land for about an hour. Round trip second class right now is $135 and first class is $165. That’s without a car. A round trip with a car is $165 in addition to the price of a seat. There are also special additional fares for motorcycles and bicycles. People are willing to pay those steep fares because driving to Muskegon from Milwaukee is a brutal 300 mile grind down from Milwaukee, through Chicago, across northern Indiana and then up to Muskegon.