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Queens Chronicle

Ferry hits shoal in Jamaica Bay

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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:30 am

A demonstration ferry ride went awry in Jamaica Bay Wednesday afternoon when a Seastreak boat operating a charter cruise ran aground near the A train bridge off Broad Channel.

The boat was carrying around 30 people, including a representative from Borough President Melinda Katz’s office, and Rockaway ferry advocates, such as Phil McManus, president of the Queens Public Transit Committee, on a tour to scout possible sites for more ferry service, including Far Rockaway and JFK Airport. No one was hurt. McManus said in an email that the FDNY evacuated the passengers.

After Hurricane Sandy, the city began operating ferry service from Manhattan to Beach 108th Street. The route has been extremely popular with Rockaway residents and there have been calls to expand service elsewhere around the bay.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), supporters of the ferry, quickly released statements saying Wednesday’s incident didn’t dampen their commitment to increasing service.

— Domenick Rafter

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