Tour boat hits Liberty Island pier
A Statue Cruises ferry carrying more than 500 people made a hard landing on Liberty Island Tuesday, injuring nine passengers, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The injuries were minor and all but one of the passengers refused medical attention. A woman with an injured leg was transported to a hospital in Manhattan, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said.
The 122-foot-long vessel, named Miss New Jersey, hit the island after 3 p.m. The crash did not cause pollution to spill into New York Harbor or cause the boat to take on water. Passengers disembarked at Liberty Island and were offered transportation back to the city. The vessel has been taken out of service and Statue Cruises ordered a drug and alcohol test on the operator, the Coast Guard spokesman said.
Initial reports suggest engine failure was to blame, the spokesman said.