[VIDEO] NYC ferry vessel hits into dock, 11 seriously injured

By Accidents

A high-speed ferry vessel loaded with many of commuters from New Jersey collided into a dock in lower Manhattan on Wednesday during the morning rush hour, and seriously injured eleven people, in this number 1 who suffered a severe head wound falling down a stairwell.
Scores of people that had been standing, waiting to disembark, were hurled to the deck or thrown into walls by the impact, that came after the catamaran Seastreak Wall Street slowed following a routine trip near New York Bay and past the Statue of Liberty, passengers told.
"We were pulling into the dock. The vessel crashed into the dock. We just tumbled on top of each other. I got thrown into everybody else. ... People were hysterical, crying," told in a statement Ellen Foran, of Neptune City, N.J.
The accident that ripped open a little part of the hull like an aluminum can, occurred at 8:45 a.m. at a pier near the South Street Seaport, at Manhattan's southern tip. Approximately seventy people suffered minor injuries, and for almost 2 hours paramedics treated bruised and dazed passengers on the pier. Firefighters carried some patients on flat-board stretchers as a precaution. Other patients left in wheelchairs.
The reason of the accident was under investigation. The ferry vessel, built in 2003, had recently undergone a main overhaul which gave it new engines and a new propulsion system, but officials stated it was too soon to tell whether they played any role in what occurred.
Dee Wertz, who was on shore and who was waiting for the ferry vessel, saw the impact. She told that just moments before the ferry vessel crash, she had been having a conversation with a ferry employee about how the boat's captains had been complaining lately about its maneuverability.
Almost 330 people-passengers and crew members were aboard the ferry vessel that had arrived from Atlantic Highlands, a part of the Jersey Shore still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy. Passenger Frank McLaughlin, whose home was filled with five feet of water in the late October storm, told he was thrown forward and wrenched his knee.
After the accident, the vessel was able to dock normally. Wertz, that saw the hit from the dock, told passengers raced off once the ramp was down.
"I think people just wanted to get the heck off the vessel as soon as they could," she told.
Police stated the ferry's crew members passed alcohol breath tests given after the accident. Crew members also took drug tests, the results of that were not immediately available.
Officials identified the captain of the ferry boat as Jason Reimer, an experienced seaman. In a 2004 profile in Newsday, Reimer told he had joined Seastreak as a deckhand in 1997 and became a master 3 years later at age 23. Barker called him "a great guy."
The Seastreak Wall Street vessel has been in minor incidents before. US Coast Guard records inform the ferry vessel crashed into a cluster of fender piles while docking in 2010, punching a little hole in the vessel's skin. In 2009, it suffered another tear on the bow after another minor docking collision. There were no injured in either of those mishaps.