Ferry crashes into jetty, at least 6 injured

HYANNISPORT, Mass. (WPRI) – The Coast Guard helped rescue 55 people from a ferry that hit a jetty and ran aground Friday night.

The ferry Iyanough, which serves the 26-mil route between Nantucket and Hyannis, struck the jetty at the Hyannis Harbor entrance at about 9:30 Friday night in bad weather.

There were 48 passengers, and 9 crew and food service workers aboard at the time; the Coast Guard reported Saturday morning that crews flew five injured passengers and ten uninjured people from the ferry. The rest were taken off by other boats, except for the captain and engineer, who remain aboard with Coast Guard personnel to assess the damage.

The ferry is operated by the Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority, connecting the Massachusetts islands with the mainland. It can hold up to 400 people.

“Our concerns, first and foremost, are the safety and well-being of our passengers, and we deeply appreciate the efforts of all who guided them safely to shore,” said Wayne Lamson, general manager of the Nantucket Steamship Authority.