Lightening ferry grounding

Four Injured in Ferry Grounding in Boston Harbor

Mike Schuler
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August 16, 2019

A Boston Police marine unit monitors the safe transfer of passengers from the grounded ferry Lightning to the ferry Sanctuary in Boston Harbor, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard 

The U.S. Coast Guard and other state and local rescue crews responded to the grounding of a passenger ferry near Boston Harbor’s Long Island on Friday.

The Coast Guard says it was alerted at around 7:45 a.m. by a manager at Boston Harbor Ferry reporting that the ferry Lightning had run aground with 84 people aboard.

Rescue crews launched from Coast Guard Station Boston and Allerton, along with state and local partners.

The Coast Guard says four people were injured and brought to Black Falcon Cruise Terminal to awaiting medical personnel. They were transported to various hospitals in Boston.

The Lightning was able to get underway under its own power to dock in Charlestown.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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