Statue of Liberty Passenger Ferry Makes Hard Landing, Some Reported Injuries

Published Aug 28, 2013 9:14 AM by The Maritime Executive

A passenger ferry carrying people to the Statue of Liberty made a hard landing at a pier. It was initially reported that at least 9 people were hurt, but none of them appear to be seriously injured.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Miss New Jersey ferry was heading into Liberty Island with 497 passengers and nine crew members aboard at the time of the incident. Three people suffered minor injuries, but refused medical treatment, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The vessel, operated by Statue Cruises, was held at Liberty Island as Coast Guard investigators tested crewmembers for drugs and alcohol. They are also looking for possible environmental or mechanical problems that may have led to the hard landing.

There have been no reports of pollution, and the vessel is currently stable. Statue Cruises is cooperating with authorities to ensure continued passenger safety.