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NTSB: Captain’s Error Led To 2013 Seastreak Ferry Crash

A security personnel surveys the damage to the hull of a commuter ferry after it slammed into Pier 11 in lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013. (credit: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

A security personnel surveys the damage to the hull of a commuter ferry after it slammed into Pier 11 in lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013. (credit: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A captain’s error led to a ferry crash that injured 80 people last year in Lower Manhattan, according to findings released by National Transportation Safety Board investigators on Tuesday.

The Seastreak Wall Street, carrying 326 commuters and five crew members, slammed into a dock at Pier 11 at South Street Seaport during the morning commute on Jan. 9, 2013.

Jason Reimer “inadvertently” left the Seastreak Wall Street on a seldom-used backup system, investigators said. Reimer switched to the backup to correct a problem during the trip from New Jersey, but failed to switch back for docking.

PHOTOS: Seastreak Ferry Accident At Pier 11

Investigators blamed Seastreak for “ineffective oversight” and say Reimer’s error was compounded by confusing controls.

The board also renewed a call for data recorders on vessels.

Seastreak spokesman Tom Wynne said the company hasn’t seen the findings, but that it is “actively engaged” in running a safe ferry operation.

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