January 19, 2006
NY ferry commuters don lifejackets
Commuters aboard the NY Waterways ferry Peter Weiss were ordered to put on life jackets yesterday as heavy winds battered the northeast.
Coast Guard Station New York and New York Police Department escorted the ferry to Pier 11 in Manhattan yesterday after receiving reports the ferry was taking on water near the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge at 7:56 a.m.
Tom Beckendorff, the Peter Weiss's master, reported that the ferry was taking on water over its side. Winds were reported at 34 knots sustained with gusts to 50+ knots and waves of two-to-four feet in the harbor.
The master ordered the 149 passengers to put on life jackets as a personal safety precaution.
No injuries were reported.
Statistically eight out of every ten people who die in a boating accidents were not wearing life jackets. Wearing a life jacket greatly increases chances of survival.
The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.