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.
More than 80 people were injured in when the boat struck a pier, including one seriously.
They said it has has been a lifeline for them since supertorm Sandy, according to State Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder.
This was also the month that Lance Armstrong finally came clean about his years of doping to become a cycling champion. Also in sports and due, at least in part, to the cloud cast by performance-enhancing drugs, no one was elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
An underwater survey of the vessel revealed damage to the port propeller and a more complete hull survey will be conducted when the vessel is hauled from the water for repairs, the NTSB said.
“Right now we’re just trying to collect, gather the factual information and the perishable evidence that can go away with the passage of time,” NTSB’s Robert L. Sumwalt said. “We will be going over that boat with a fine tooth comb.”
Investigators believed Wednesday evening that mechanical failure caused the crash involving the Seastreak Wall Street catamaran.
A 71-year-old man who jumped off a New York-bound SeaStreak Ferry was quickly rescued from the frigid ocean waters by the quick-acting crew.