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Coast Guard monitors progress of repairs for MV Martha’s Vineyard

Filed in NEWS HEADLINES, Transportation by on March 19, 2018 • views: 107

BOSTON — The Coast Guard is continuing to work with the Steamship Authority Sunday to determine why a ferry lost power Saturday night while en route Woods Hole from Martha’s Vineyard.

Passengers were stranded aboard the vessel for nearly five hours Saturday night as crew attempted to get the engines started.

After the captain of the Motor Vessel Martha’s Vineyard reported being disabled and anchored outside Vineyard Haven between the East and West Chop, the Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead and a response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole waited on scene while the ferry awaited commercial tow.

The MV Woods Hole also initially responded to assist if passengers needed to be disembarked.

The MV Martha’s Vineyard, with all passengers and crew aboard, was towed by three tugs into the Vineyard Haven ferry terminal at 1:30 a.m.

All 78 passengers and 10 crewmembers were safely offloaded, with no reported injuries.

The MV Martha’s Vineyard is currently undergoing repairs and sea trials before resuming service.

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