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26 people rescued after being stranded on NYC ferry

More than two dozen people aboard an NYC ferry that became stranded after hitting a sandbar in Coney Island Channel h...

Posted: Dec. 29, 2017 5:45 AM
Updated: Dec. 29, 2017 5:45 AM

More than two dozen people aboard an NYC ferry that became stranded after hitting a sandbar in Coney Island Channel have been rescued, the NYPD said late Wednesday.

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No injuries were reported among passengers or crew members, NYPD's Chief of Special Operations Harry Wedin tweeted around 10:45 p.m.

Police and firefighters were called around 6 p.m. Wednesday to the boat, stuck between Brooklyn and the Rockaway peninsula in Queens.

Officials said 26 people were stranded on the NYC ferry for hours before being transported to a heated boat. They were safely transported to Brooklyn Army Terminal.

Firefighters said the ferry owners originally were arranging to have it towed, but an evacuation was getting underway around 7:30 p.m.

As of Wednesday night, the ferry remained stranded.

"Disabled vessel will be removed by a tow service during the overnight," Wedin tweeted.

A city-sponsored, privately run ferry runs to the Rockaways from lower Manhattan. It's part of a $335 million effort to ease strains on New York's public transportation system.

As of 7 p.m., bitterly cold temperatures plummeted to 22 degrees, but felt more like 12 degrees.

Last month, more than 100 passengers were rescued from a ferry that ran aground off lower Manhattan.

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