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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