July 3, 2010
Boston, Mass. – All 174 passengers and crew members were safely evacuated off a passenger ferry that ran aground in Boston Harbor on Saturday.
The Massachusetts ran aground at about 10 a.m., about a mile and a half off the coast of Deer Island. Crews were forced to evacuate the tour boat, which began slowly taking on water.
The 168 passengers on board were taking part in a whale watch, and four were injured by the sudden impact. As passengers walked off the rescue vessel about four hours after the accident, they described the incident as chaotic, scary and frightening.
“You heard kind of a noise and then everyone kind of shifted,” Cheryl Koon said. “People started tumbling and falling over.”
The crew was said to have acted swiftly in calming passengers.
“Very quickly they said we’re not going to sink, we’re on a rock,” Julie Schlesener said.
Many onboard were out-of-towners in Boston for the holiday weekend, hoping to get a nice tour of Massachusetts Bay.