Commuter ferry runs aground off NJ coast

- Authorities say a commuter ferry has run aground near a pier at the New Jersey shore.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York Vessel Traffic Service were notified around 7:30 a.m. Monday that the 140-foot (128-meter) ferry -- with 400 passengers aboard -- got stuck about 200 yards (183 meters) from the pier in Atlantic Highlands.

All passengers were safely disembarked at the ferry terminal pier. No injuries or pollution were reported. It's not yet known what caused the ferry to run aground.

The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

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Coast Guard News Release: 

NEW YORK – The Coast Guard is investigating a ferry grounding near Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, Monday morning. 

At approximately 7:30 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York Vessel Traffic Service were notified that the 140-foot commuter ferry, with 400 passengers aboard ran aground 200-yards from the pier in Atlantic Highlands, N.J.

All passengers were safely disembarked at the ferry terminal pier. 

Sector New York marine investigators and marine inspectors are scheduled to conduct a structural assessment to ensure the integrity of the vessel prior to returning to operations.

No injuries or pollution have been reported."

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