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Dozens of people stranded after NYC ferry hits sandbar

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An NYC Ferry boat with 27 people ran aground on a sandbar off the Rockaways on Wednesday evening, the FDNY said. No one was injured when the boat got stuck…
An NYC Ferry boat with 27 people ran aground on a sandbar off the Rockaways on Wednesday evening, the FDNY said.
No one was injured when the boat got stuck around 6:05 p.m., an FDNY spokesman said.
Officials opted against evacuating the vessel and were waiting for a tugboat to tow it away.
Data posted on the MarineTraffic.com Web site identified the boat as the Flyer, and showed it stopped northwest of the Breezy Point Tip park shortly after 7:30 p.m.
An NYPD boat and three FDNY boats, as well as a tug named the Susan Miller and the Brooklyn VI fishing boat were all in the water nearby.
An overhead image posted on Twitter by Channel 7 Eyewitness News at 6:35 p.m. showed the ferry all but blacked out in the frigid, 22-degree darkness.
Four ambulances and five fire trucks were stationed at the NYC Ferry terminal at 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive, with emergency workers apparently awaiting the arrival of passengers.
The incident marked the second grounding of an NYC Ferry boat in recent weeks.
On Nov. 27, the Zelinksy was damaged when it smashed into a sunken pier near Wall Street’s Pier 11 while en route to the Rockaways.
That mishap occurred the same day The Post exclusively revealed that several Ferry boats had to be taken out of service and repaired after springing leaks.
The NYC Ferry service, operated by the Hornblower cruise company, was established by Mayor de Blasio and began operating earlier this year with $325 million in taxpayer subsidies.

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