STRANDED: At least two dozen people waited to be rescued from the stricken ferry
The passenger boat reportedly hit a sandbar in the Coney Island Channel, off Breezy Point, in New York, yesterday evening.
At least 28 people, including four crew members, were on board the NY Waterway Ferry, with emergency crews sent to the scene.
Passengers were left stranded in freezing conditions as the rescue operation was made incredibly difficult due to shallow water.
NEW YORK: The accident happened in the Coney Island Channel
The Office of Emergency Management said despite hitting the sandbar, the vessel didn’t take on any water.
There were no reports of anyone suffering injuries.
One person, who passed the stricken boat, tweeted: “On the 6:15, just passed the stranded ferry. It’s in the Rockaway Inlet stuck on the rips between Breezy Point and Coney Island, tons of police presence and civilian boats.”