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No Injuries After Ferry Runs Aground in Jamaica Bay

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City fire officials say no one was hurt Wednesday after a Seastreak Ferry ran aground in Jamaica Bay.

It happened around noon near the Cross Bay Boulevard Bridge.

The boat was on a public relations excursion with 25 people on board, but was not carrying any commuters.

A witness who was on the boat said it ended up in mud and grass as the tide pulled out..

The New York City Fire Department was called in, and they safely evacuated the boat.

"They assured us that nobody was in any danger. The ship wasn't sinking. It was just stuck," said one person on board. "Almost everybody knew each other. They're all people from Rockaway. So it kind of just became a jokey thing."

"They were all smiling and they were saying, 'Thank God, Thank God,'" said another person. "They were just looking at the firemen, and the firemen were just saying, 'Oh, I'm glad we can be of assistance,' and they just left them here and they took off again."

The ferry was moved when the tide rose again.

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