HYANNIS, Mass. - As many as 15 people were taken to the hospital after a high-speed ferry crashed into a jetty near Hyannis Friday night.
The Steamship Authority, which operates the ferry, says the waters were rough in the area, which may have contributed to the crash.
The ferry was on its way from Nantucket to Hyannis Friday night when it hit the jetty and became wedged on the rocks. Coast Guard officials say it will be a while before the ship can safely be released from the rocks.
There were 48 passengers on board at the time. All of them had to be evacuated, while officials said 15 were taken to the hospital.
The crew onboard the vessel that crashed have been given the option to take time off or be transferred to another vessel, according to the Steamship Authority.
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The Steamship Authority said some passengers had to be airlifted from the ship, while others were lowered down off the bow.
One passenger said it took hours to get everyone to safety.
“A lot of confusion, people everywhere trying to get life jackets on, people figuring out where everyone was going to go. Things were toppled over, things were a mess and a lot of panic,” the passenger told Boston 25 News.
The Steamship Authority also told us the crew members were all tested for alcohol and those tests came back negative.
The US Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the crash.
UPDATE: Officials initially said six people were taken to the hospital, but later said 15 people were transported.
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