Coast Guard probing cause of ferry crash

U.S. Coast Guard officials are investigating what caused a ferry to ram into large rocks in the San Francisco Bay near Alcatraz Island on Thursday afternoon, Coast Guard Lt. Anya Hunter said today.

The ferry Royal Prince is docked at a pier in San Francisco today after the boat's front-left end was damaged around 3 p.m. by jutting rocks in waters southwest of Alcatraz Island, according to Hunter.

The passengers and crew were safely taken off the vessel and no injuries were reported, Hunter said.

Coast Guard officials launched a helicopter and a boat to comb the surrounding waters following the crash and determined nothing polluted the bay as a result of the incident, according to Hunter.

Hunter said the vessel “did sustain some damage” and was unsure how long repairs will take.

The crew tested negative for alcohol but the results of a drug test may not come back until the end of next week, according to Hunter.

The ferry vessel Royal Prince is owned by the Red and White Fleet, a company that has been cruising visitors around the Bay since 1892, according to the company's Web site.

— Bay City News

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