The Coast Guard and local responders continue rescue efforts early Saturday after 57 people were stranded aboard a high-speed ferry that hit a jetty in Hyannis Harbor.
Aided by the doctor aboard the Ferry Iyanough, an HH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod medevaced five injured passengers.
The aircrew also airlifted ten uninjured passengers who were unable to navigate the slippery rocks. Response boat crews from Coast Guard Stations Woods Hole, Chatham, and Brant Point are transferring the remaining passengers and crew to safety. Multiple units from the Cape Cod Mutual Response System are also on scene.
“Right now, our main goal is working with local agencies to get the remaining passengers ashore safely,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. Jeannot Smith, Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England’s deputy commander.
She said rough seas, strong winds, and slippery rocks are impeding the rescue efforts.
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard will work with the Steam Ship Authority to assess Iyanough’s damage and ensure safe navigation in the area.